Pachrates
(85 words)

[German version]

(Παχράτης/Pachrátēs). Magician and prophet from Heliopolis [1], proved his craft to emperor Hadrian with the help of a smoke sacrifice to Selene, in recognition of which he received double his fee (PGM 1, P 4,2446ff.). P. may have served as inspiration for the figure of the magician Pancrates in Lucian. Philopseudes 34-36 [1] and is perhaps identical [2. 618f.] with the poet Pancrates [3].

Bibliography

1 K. Preisendanz, s.v. P., RE 18, 2071-2074

2 F. Stoessl, s.v. Pankrates (5), RE 18, 615-619.

Cite this page
Antoni, Silke (Kiel), “Pachrates”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e903240>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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