Originally published as: Radicke, Jan. “Hermippus of Berytus:
On Slaves Prominent in Learning (1061)."
Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A Biography. Fascicle 7. Imperial and Undated Authors. Section Editor: G. Schepens. Editor in Chief: G. Schepens. Brill, 1999. Introduction/ Biographical Essay Hermippus of Berytus flourished during the reign of the emperor Hadrian. He was born in a village near Berytus, and was a pupil of Philo of Byblus (1060), who acquainted him with his patron Herennius Severus1. H. was probably a
libertus. Like his teacher H. was interested in biography. His social status and profession might have put it into his head to write about famous men of letters who were slaves. Although there remain but a few named fragments (T 3; F 3-5), the book has made some impact on our biographical tradition, insofar as it was one of Hesychius’ important sources. In the Suda about thirty entries on famous slaves, taken from Hesychius, seem to go back—at least to some extent—to H.s biographical collection…