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Menesaechmus

(142 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] (Μενέσαιχμος; Menésaichmos). Attic rhetorician of the 4th cent. BC. Lycurgus [9] (Ps.-Plut. Mor. 843d) succesfully charged him with neglecting his obligations as leader of the festival legation to Delos (Fr. in [1. 115-118]). M. succeeded Lycurgus as leader of the financial administration of Athens (Dion. Hal. de Dinarcho 11) and accused him shortly before his death (ibid. 842f) and afterwards his sons, who were temporarily arrested (ibid. 842e). M. was one of the accusers of Demos…

Theodectes

(976 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] (Θεοδέκτης/ Theodéktēs). Rhetor and tragedian of the 4th cent. BC, active in Athens, extant only in fragments, b. in Phaselis (Lycia), son of an Aristander. Only the Suda (s. v. Θ.) mentions a like-named son of T., who was also active in literature (historiographic and ethnographic works, text for rhetorical instruction in 7 books, encomium of Alexander [6]); no other source differentiates between the two T., so that in some cases it is difficult to assign a work. This information …

Potamon

(195 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] (Ποτάμων/ Potámōn). Rhetor from Mytilene in Lesbos, son of the philosopher Lesbonax, known from the Suda (s. v. Π., Lesbonax and Theodorus of Gadara), mentioned in Seneca (Suas. 2,15 f.), Strabo (13,2,3), Lucian (Macr. 23) and several inscriptions  (cf. [1]). His life-span (90 years according to Lucian l. c.) reached probably from the 70s BC into the early reign of Tiberius. Three times he led a legation from his home city, twice to Caesar (in 47 and 45 BC), once to Augustus (in 27…

Craton

(75 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] (Κράτων). Greek rhetor, roughly a contemporary of the older Seneca, known as a bitter enemy of the dominant style of  Atticism during his time. Seneca the Older recorded a few utterances that attest to C.'s honest humour in the face of Emperor Augustus (contr. 10,5,21f.). Considering this fact, as well as his openly stated animosity towards the imperial confidant Timagenes, C. must have belonged to Augustus' inner circle. Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)

Libanius

(1,811 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] A. Life L. from Antioch/Syria, AD 314-393, is the most outstanding Greek rhetor of the late Imperial period. The most useful biographical data are contained in L.'s work itself, especially in his letters, but also in his speeches with autobiographical topics, esp. or. 1 and 2. Furthermore, there are references in contemporary writings (among others by Iulianus [11] and Iohannes [4] Chrysostomos), a Vita by Eunapius and the Byzantine tradition, probably largely based on the latter (Zosimus, Zonaras, Suda et al.). L. was born in 314 as the son of a highly respec…

Empylus

(69 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] (Ἔμπυλος; Émpylos). Rhetor of the 1st cent. BC from Rhodes; he lived in Rome in the house of M. Iunius Brutus and composed a small work on Caesar's assassination, taking the side of his friend Brutus. Plut. Brut. 2,4 used the work and passed a positive judgement on it. Quint. Inst. 10,6,4 mentioned E., praising his extraordinary memory. Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) Bibliography Edition: FGrH 2 B 191.

Tyrannus

(106 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] (Τύραννος/ Týrannos). Greek rhetor of the 4th or 5th cent. AD (definitely before Georgius Monos, who wrote around 500 and used T.); fragments survive from two of his works, five from Περὶ στάσεων ( Perì stáseōn, ‘Case Categories’, a systematic work on stasis theory; cf. status [1]) and seven from Περὶ διαιρέσεως λόγου ( Perì dihairéseōs lógou), a work which, similarly to the Dihaíresis zētēmátōn of Sopater [1], provides guidelines and examples for the preparation of speeches using fictitious cases organized by category. T. generally followed …

Menesaichmos

(130 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] (Μενέσαιχμος). Att. Redner des 4. Jh. v.Chr., wurde von Lykurgos [9] erfolgreich verklagt (Ps.-Plut. mor. 843d) wegen Verletzung seiner Pflichten als Führer der Festgesandtschaft nach Delos (Fr. in [1. 115-118]), trat die Nachfolge des Lykurgos als Leiter der Finanzverwaltung Athens an (Dion. Hal. de Dinarcho 11), verklagte diesen erfolglos kurz vor seinem Tod (ebd. 842f) und nachher dessen Söhne, die vorübergehend inhaftiert wurden (ebd. 842e). M. gehörte auch zu den Anklägern d…

Minucianus

(350 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
(Μινουκιανός; Minoukianόs). [German version] [1] 2nd cent. AD Athenian rhetor, rhetoric teacher and author of rhetoric textbooks Second-cent. AD Athenian rhetor, rhetoric teacher and author of rhetoric textbooks. According to a genealogy in [1] combined primarily from Himerius 7,4 (ed. Colonna p. 64) and Apuleius (Met. 1,2; 2,2f.), in about 130 he married Salvia, the daughter of the Stoic Sextus from Chaeronea, the teacher of Marcus [2] Aurelius and a nephew of Plutarch. According to the Suda (where the biograph…

Isocrates

(2,269 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
Logographer, teacher of rhetoric and publicist from Athens, Erchia deme, son of Theodoros and Hedyto, 436-338 BC. [German version] A. Biography The biographical tradition concerning I., which goes back to Hermippus, is essentially documented in Dion. Hal. De Isocrate 1, Ps.-Plut. Mor. 836e-839d, an anonymous Life in a few MSS, Phot. 486b-488a and a Suda article s.v. I. In addition, there are biographical details in I.'s own works, particularly in Or. 15. As the son of a wealthy flute maker, I. received an education …

Hermagoras

(760 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
(Ἑρμαγόρας; Hermagóras). [German version] [1] From Temnos, Greek orator, 2nd cent. BC Greek orator from Temnus (Str. 13,3,5 = 621; Suda, s.v. H.), probably active in the 2nd half of the 2nd cent. BC (earlier than Molon, cf. Quint. Inst. 3,1,16). Except for his main work, texts written by him were already lost in antiquity (ibid. 3,5,14). His main work was probably titled Téchnai rhētorikaí, comprising 6 bks. (according to the Suda). Its content can be partially reconstructed from Cic. Inv., Quint. Inst. (esp. bk. 5) and Aug. De rhetorica. H. exerted an autho…

Isaeus

(786 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
(Ἰσαῖος; Isaîos). [German version] [1] Attic orator, 4th cent. BC Attic logographer from about the 1st half of the 4th cent. BC, son of Diagoras. Scant information about his life is offered in vitae in the MSS, Ps.-Plutarch (Mor. 839e-f), Harpocration, Suda and Photius (490a), all of which however depend on Dion. Hal. De Isaeo and Caecilius. The precise dates of his life are unknown; among the datable surviving speeches the earliest can be dated to about 389 and the latest to perhaps 344/3. Athens and Chalcis in Euboea are named as his birthplace.…

Aphthonius

(218 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] (Ἀφθόνιος; Aphthónios). Rhetorician of the 4th and the 5th cent. AD, from Antiochia, student of  Libanius and friend of  Eutropius. Of his writings, the practice speeches mentioned in Phot. library 133 are lost; still extant are 40 fables, some of which he had adopted from  Babrius, others he had newly created. Also still extant are the so-called   progymnasmata , which contain 14 definitions of basic rhetorical concepts used as introductory material for the discipline of rhetoric (e.g. fable μῦθος, narration διήγημα, p…

Akakios

(575 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) | Markschies, Christoph (Heidelberg)
(Ἀκάκιος). [English version] [1] aus Caesarea, Rhetor und Dichter, Zeitgenosse des Libanios Rhetor und Dichter aus Caesarea, Zeitgenosse des Libanios, aus zahlreichen Erwähnungen in dessen Briefen sowie durch Eunapios (Vitae Sophist. 497) bekannt (vgl. PLRE s. v. Acacius 6-8). Nach einem Studium in Athen lehrte er in Antiocheia [1] und soll in Konkurrenz zu Libanios diesem durch sein Naturtalent überlegen gewesen sein. A. ist vielleicht Verf. der unter Lukians Namen erh. Trag.-Parodie Ὠκύπους (Lib. epist. 1…

Basilikos

(146 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) | Bloch, René (Princeton)
(Βασιλικός). [English version] [1] Rhetor, 2. Jh. in Bithynien Rhetor des 2.Jh. n.Chr., der bis nach 200 lebte. Er lehrte in Nikomedeia in Bithynien (Suda s.v. Apsines). Sein Schüler Apsines nennt ihn neben Aristeides als einzige Quelle für seine Rhetorik. Neben einem Demosthenes-Komm. soll B. mehrere rhet. Werke verfaßt haben (περὶ τῶν διὰ λέξεως σχημάτων, περὶ ῥητορικῆς παρασκευῆς ἤτοι περὶ ἀσκήσεως, περὶ μεταποιήσεως), von denen sich geringe Reste in den Hermogenes-Scholien erh. haben. Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) [English version] [2] Gnostischer Theologe um 180…

Demokrates

(127 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) | Pressler, Frank (Heidelberg)
(Δημοκράτης). [English version] [1] aus Aphidnai, att. Redner, 4. Jh. v. Chr. Att. Redner des 4. Jh.v.Chr. aus Aphidnai, wohl älterer Zeitgenosse des Demosthenes [2] (um 338 v. Chr. wird er als γέρων bezeichnet, vgl. Stob. floril. 3,22,43). Als Nachkomme des Harmodios oder Aristogeiton hatte er Anspruch auf kostenlose Verpflegung im Prytaneion (Hyp. 4,3). Er gehörte der promaked. Partei an (Hyp. 4,2). Erwähnt wird er noch bei Aischin. leg. 2,17 und Isaios 6,22. Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) Bibliography Blass, 3,2. [English version] [2] aus Sikyon, Tragiker, E. 3. Jh. v. Chr. a…

Lachares

(422 words)

Author(s): Engels, Johannes (Köln) | Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
(Λαχάρης). [English version] [1] Athener, Demagoge und Vertrauensmann des Kassandros Athener, Demagoge und Vertrauensmann des Kassandros. Mit einer Söldnertruppe konnte L. wohl von Frühj. 300 v.Chr. bis Frühj. 295 (Olympiadenchronik FGrH 257a F 1-4; Plut. Demetrios 33; IG II2 646 deutet aber auf 294 v.Chr.) eine Herrschaft in Athen errichten, die in ant. Quellen als Tyrannis bezeichnet wird, obwohl fundamentale Organe der Demokratie weiter arbeiteten. Nach dem Tode des Kassandros (297) konnte L. sich zwar noch halten, mußte aber sei…

Demokles

(122 words)

Author(s): Engels, Johannes (Köln) | Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
(Δημοκλῆς). [English version] [1] Athener, flüchtete vor Demetrios Poliorketes Der Athener D. rettete sich als “unreifer Knabe” (παῖς ἄνηβος) beim Bade vor erotischen Nachstellungen des Demetrios [2] Poliorketes, indem er in einen Kessel mit kochendem Wasser sprang, dabei aber zu Tode kam (Plut. Demetr. 24,2-6). D. ist nicht identisch mit dem Verteidiger der Söhne des Lykurgos gegen Anklagen des Moirokles und Menesaichmos (Ps.-Plut. mor. 842E). Athenai Engels, Johannes (Köln) [English version] [2] att. Redner aus der Schule des Theophrast Att. Redner aus der Schule des The…

Anaximenes

(591 words)

Author(s): Bodnár, István (Budapest) | Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] [1] Natur-Philosoph, 6. Jh. v. Chr. Naturphilosoph des 6. Jh. v. Chr., letzter Vertreter der milesischen Schule. Obwohl die archḗ (ἀρχή) bei A. wie bei Anaximandros unbegrenzt ist, wird sie als Luft spezifiziert. Luft umgibt die Welt, und ein Teil davon ist Bestandteil der Welt. A. entwickelte die erste, noch rudimentäre Theorie des Wandels: In Verdichtungs(πύκνωσις) und Verdünnungsprozessen (μάνωσις oder ἀραίωσις) verwandeln sich Luft und die verschiedenen Stoffe ineinander, in der Abfolge: Feuer - [Luft] - Wind - Wolke - Wasser - Erde - Steine (13 A 5 und A 7 DK). In …

Aischylos

(3,387 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg) | Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] [1] aus Athen att. Tragiker, 5. Jh. v. Chr. der Tragiker. Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg) [English version] A. Biographie Wichtigste Zeugnisse zur Biographie (zit. nach TrGF III) sind die Vita, das Marmor Parium und die Suda (s. v. Αἰσχύλος, αι 357 Adler): Geb. 525/4 v. Chr. in Eleusis (T 1,1; 8; 98,3), Sohn eines Euphorion (T 1,1 f.; 2,1; 162,1), aus dem Adelsgeschlecht der Eupatriden. An den Perserkriegen nahm er 490 bei Marathon (T 16) und 480 bei Salamis (T 14) teil. Auf Einladung des Tyrannen Hieron inszenierte er die 472 aufgeführten Persai nochmals in Syrakus (T…
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