Philoxenus of Leucas, Testimonia

LCL 144: 178-179

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2 Athen. 1. 6d (i 13 Kaibel)

ἄλλοι δὲ φίλιχθυν τὸν Φιλόξενόν φασιν· Ἀριστοτέλης δὲ φιλόδειπνον ἁπλῶς, ὃς καὶ γράφει που ταῦτα (fr. 63 Rose)· ‘δημηγοροῦντες ἐν τοῖς ὄχλοις κατατρίβουσιν ὅλην τὴν ἡμέραν ἐν τοῖς θαύμασι καὶ πρὸς τοὺς ἐκ τοῦ Φάσιδος ἢ Βορυσθένους καταπλέοντας, ἀνεγνωκότες οὐδὲν πλὴν εἰ τὸ Φιλοξένου Δεῖπνον οὐχ ὅλον.’

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Philoxenus of Leucas

2 Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner

Others call Philoxenus1 a fish-lover, but Aristotle calls him simply a banquet-lover; somewhere he writes, ‘They spend the whole day giving speeches where there are crowds, among the jugglers or to people who sail in from the Phasis or the Borysthenes; and yet they have read nothing except the Banquet of Philoxenus, and not all of that!’2

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.philoxenus_leucas-testimonia.1993