Philostratus of Athens, Lives of the Sophists

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479ΤΩΙ ΛΑΜΠΡΟΤΑΤΩΙ ΥΠΑΤΩΙ ΑΝΤΩΝΙΩΙ ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝΩΙ ΦΛΑΥΙΟΣ ΦΙΛΟΣΤΡΑΤΟΣ

Τοὺς φιλοσοφήσαντας ἐν δόξῃ τοῦ σοφιστεῦσαι καὶ τοὺς οὕτω κυρίως προσρηθέντας σοφιστὰς ἐς δύο βιβλία ἀνέγραψά σοι, γιγνώσκων μέν, ὅτι καὶ γένος ἐστί σοι πρὸς τὴν τέχνην ἐς Ἡρώδην τὸν 480σοφιστὴν ἀναφέροντι, μεμνημένος δὲ καὶ τῶν κατὰ τὴν Ἀντιόχειαν σπουδασθέντων ποτὲ ἡμῖν ὑπὲρ σοφιστῶν ἐν τῷ τοῦ Δαφναίου ἱερῷ. πατέρας δὲ οὐ προσέγραψα, μὰ Δί᾿ οὔ, πᾶσιν,1 ἀλλὰ τοῖς ἀπ᾿ εὐδοκίμων· οἶδα γὰρ δὴ καὶ Κριτίαν τὸν σοφιστὴν οὐκ ἐκ πατέρων ἀρξάμενον,2 ἀλλὰ Ὁμήρου δὴ μόνου σὺν τῷ πατρὶ ἐπιμνησθέντα, ἐπειδὴ θαῦμα δηλώσειν ἔμελλε πατέρα Ὁμήρῳ ποταμὸν εἶναι. καὶ ἄλλως οὐκ εὐτυχὲς τῷ βουλομένῳ

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Lives of the Sophists

Philostratus

Lives of the Sophists

Dedicated by Flavius Philostratus to the most illustrious Antonius Gordianus, Consul1

Preface

I have written for you in two Books an account of certain men who, though they pursued philosophy, ranked as sophists, and also of the sophists properly so called; partly because I know that your own family is connected with that profession, since Herodes the sophist was your ancestor; but I remembered, too, the discussions we once held about the sophists at Antioch, in the temple of Daphnean Apollo.2 Their fathers’ names I have not added in all cases, God forbid! but only for those who were the sons of illustrious men. For one thing I am aware that the sophist Critias also did not begin with the father’s name as a rule, but only in the case of Homer mentioned his father, because the thing he had to relate was a marvel, namely, that Homer’s father was a river.3 And further it would be no great piece of luck for one who desired to be really

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.philostratus_athens-lives_sophists.1921