Philoxenus of Leucas, Testimonia

LCL 144: 176-177

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Philoxenus Leucadius

Testimonia Vitae Atque Artis

1 Athen. 1. 5b–f (i 10s. Kaibel)

τοῦ Φιλοξένου δὲ τοῦ Λευκαδίου Δείπνου Πλάτων ὁ κωμῳδιοποιὸς μέμνηται (fr. 189 K.-A.)·

ἐγὼ δ᾿ ἐνθάδ᾿ ἐν τῇ ἐρημίᾳ

τουτὶ διελθεῖν βούλομαι τὸ βιβλίον πρὸς ἐμαυτόν. (Β.) ἔστι δ᾿, ἀντιβολῶ σε, τοῦτο τί; (Α.) Φιλοξένου καινή τις ὀψαρτυσία. (Β.) ἐπίδειξον αὐτὴν ἥτις ἔστ᾿. (Α.) ἄκουε δή.

ἄρξομαι ἐκ βολβοῖο, τελευτήσω δ᾿ ἐπὶ θύννον . . .

(5d) ἀπὸ τούτου τοῦ Φιλοξένου καὶ Φιλοξένειοί τινες πλακοῦντες ὠνομάσθησαν. περὶ τούτου Χρύσιππός φησιν· ‘ἐγὼ κατέχω τινὰ ὀψοφάγον . . .’ τὰ δ᾿ αὐτὰ καὶ περὶ τοῦ Κυθηρίου Φιλοξένου ἱστοροῦσι καὶ Ἀρχύτου καὶ ἄλλων πλειόνων . . .


Philoxenus of Leucas

Philoxenus of Leucas

Life and Work1

1 Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner

Plato the comic poet2 mentions the Banquet of Philoxenus of Leucas:

A. And in this deserted spot here I propose to read this book to myself.

B. Tell me, what book is it?

A. A new cookery-book of Philoxenus.

B. Show me what it’s like.

A. Listen then. ‘I shall begin with the onion and end with the tunny . . .’.3

From this Philoxenus Philoxenean cakes got their name.4 Chrysippus5 says of him, ‘I remember a gourmet who . . .’6 They tell the same story about Philoxenus of Cythera,7 Archytas and several others. . . .

  • 1The Suda gives two anecdotes s.v. Philoxenus son of Leucadius (sic): see frr. 828, 816 above.
  • 2In his Phaon, dated to 391 b.c.; see also fr. 836(b).
  • 3Plato’s 14 lines of parody are in hexameters, whereas the Banquet is in dactylo-epitrites.
  • 4Cf. Sud. O 1091.
  • 5Stoic philosopher, c. 280–207 b.c.
  • 6He practised eating his food so hot that he got the lion’s share.
  • 7Continued at fr. 828.
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.philoxenus_leucas-testimonia.1993