Prodicus, Testimonia, Part 3: Reception (R)

LCL 531: 460-461

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EARLY GREEK PHILOSOPHY VIII

PRODICUS [84DK]

R First Attestations: Aristophanes

See DRAM. T22–T24

Contemporary Fame and Influence (R1)

R1 Philostr. Vit. soph.

a (< A1a) 1.12, p. 14.18–19 Kayser

Προδίκου δὲ τοῦ Κείου ὄνομα τοσοῦτον ἐπὶ σοφίᾳ ἐγένετο [. . . = P9].

b (ad A1a) 1 praef., pp. 3.30–4.4 Kayser

[. . . = D19b] καὶ τοῦ ἐπὶ πᾶσι διὰ πλειόνων συντεθέντος, τοῦ λόγου ἔμμισθον ἐπίδειξιν ἐποιεῖτο Πρόδικος περιφοιτῶν τὰ ἄστη καὶ θέλγων αὐτὰ τὸν Ὀρφέως τε καὶ Θαμύρου τρόπον, ἐφ’ οἷς μεγάλων μὲν ἠξιοῦτο παρὰ Θηβαίοις, πλειόνων δὲ παρὰ Λακεδαιμονίοις, ὡς ἐς τὸ συμφέρον τῶν νέων ἀναδιδάσκων ταῦτα.

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PRODICUS

PRODICUS

R First Attestations: Aristophanes

See DRAM. T22–T24

Contemporary Fame and Influence (R1)

R1 Philostratus, Lives of the Sophists

a (< A1a)

The name of Prodicus of Ceos became so renowned for wisdom (sophia) [. . .].

b (ad A1a)

[. . .] And when his text [i.e. on Heracles’ choice] had finally been composed at considerable length, Prodicus declaimed it in public for a fee, traveling through the cities and charming them like Orpheus and Thamyris; on this occasion he was deemed worthy of large rewards at Thebes and of even larger ones at Sparta, because he was teaching this for the benefit of the young.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.prodicus-reception.2016