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Hypereides

(1,056 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
(Ὑπερείδης; Hypereídēs). Attic orator, son of Glaucippus, from the deme Collytus, born 390/89 BC (since he was diaitetes in 330/29 and thus 60 years old, IG II 941), died in 322 BC. [German version] A. Life Of the rich biographical tradition of antiquity (Hermippus, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Caicilius) all that has been preserved are the Vita in Ps.-Plutarch (Mor. 848d-850b) and short notes in Athenaeus, Photius (495b-496a) and in the Suda; in addition there is usable biographical information in H.' extant speeches and epigraphical testimonies. H. came from a wealthy family (h…

Cleochares

(130 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] (Κλεοχάρης; Kleochárēs). Greek rhetor from Myrlea/Bithynia (Str. 12,4,9 = 566). According to Diog. Laert. 4,41 a lover of Arcesilaus, Demochares and Pythocles living therefore in the 3rd cent. BC, probably mostly in Athens. Apart from speeches, he wrote treatises in literary criticism; three works have been transmitted: in a comparison of Isocrates and Demosthenes he used the famous image of an athlete's body for the style of the former and of a soldier's for that of the latter (Ph…

Amphicrates

(107 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] Rhetorician from Athens; when the Romans conquered Athens in 86 BC, A. fled to Seleuceia first and later stayed at Tigranes' court with Tigranes' wife Cleopatra, daughter of Mithridates. He soon fell from favour there and voluntarily chose death by starvation, but still received an honourable funeral (Plut. Luc. 22). A. was an Asianist; Ps.-Longinus (De subl. 3,2) places him on a par with  Hegesias and Matris, regarding him as representative of the movement that runs counter to th…

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…

Himerius

(810 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] A. Life From his own speeches and other sources (Lib., Eun. Vit. Soph. 14 (494), Suda) the following emerges: Greek rhetor from Prusias in Bithynia, c. AD 320 until after 383, son of the rhetor Aminias. After studying in Athens until the beginning of the 340s, H. first worked as a teacher of rhetoric in Constantinople (343-352). One of several journeys undertaken at this time took him to Nicomedia (around 350), where he lost to  Libanius in an oratory competition (Lib. Ep. 742,1F = 654W; Libanius' speech …

Genethlius

(162 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] (Γενέθλιος; Genéthlios). Greek rhetor from Petra, a pupil of Minocianus and Agapetus, 2nd half of the 3rd cent. AD. He taught in Athens in rivalry to Callinicus, and died there aged 28. He wrote epideictic orations and was praised for his talent and his astounding memory (Suda s.v.). The fact that he is mentioned four times in the Schol. Demosth. (18,8; 52; 19,148; 22,3) supports the assumption that G. had written a commentary on that rhetor. Two treatises on the classification of …

Cocondrius

(99 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] (Κοκόνδριος; Kokóndrios). Greek rhetor of undetermined date (probably Byzantine); a slim treatise on tropes ( trópoi) is extant. These are at the beginning systematically divided into three groups ( génē), namely trópoi referring to an individual word (e.g. onomatopoeia), to the whole sentence (e.g. allegory), or to both (e.g. hyperbaton). In elaboration C. does not adhere strictly to this system but deals with other types as well. For example, poets are quoted exclusively: Homer, as well as Alcaeus, the tragedians, and Theoc.  Style, figures of style;  trope Weißen…

Anonymus Seguerianus

(127 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] Designation for the author of a rhetorical treatise from the 5th cent., publicized in 1840 by Séguier de St.-Brisson. For a time, the treatise had been falsely attributed to L. Annaeus Cornutus. This work is the epitome of a school book from the 2nd cent. AD (definitely prior to Hermogenes), which is predominantly based upon  Alexander [II 25],  Neocles and ( Valerius) Harpocration. The subject matter is the 4  partes orationis and also the 4   officia oratoris . It is an important source for the controversy between Theodoreans ( Theodor…

Alciphron

(225 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] (Ἀλκίφρων; Alkíphrōn). Atticist author, probably from the 2nd or the early 3rd cent. AD [5], mentioned only by Aristaen. 1,5. 25 and Eust. 762,62. Preserved under A.'s name is a collection of 122 fictitious letters (only partial fragments), organized into letters by: 1. fishermen, 2. peasants, 3. parasites, 4. love letters. All letters are set in a timeless and idealized 4th-cent. Attica, perhaps modelled after the New Comedy [10], possibly but not clearly an imitation of Lucian [8…

Aristaenetus

(235 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] (Ἀρισταίνετος; Aristaínetos). Accepted name for the author of a collection of love letters in two books, probably from the 1st quarter of the 6th cent. AD. In reality, A. is the sender of the first extant letter, but in the beginning of the MS at least one folio is missing and so is the name of the real author. A.'s models are mainly Plato, Menander, Lucian, Alciphron, Philostratus, and the authors of the novels and love elegies by  Callimachus (Aristain. 1,10. 15), whose content c…

Lycoleon

(113 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] Attic orator of the 4th cent. BC, known only because of a mention in Aristot. Rh. 1411b 6f.: a speech of L. for the defence of the strategos Chabrias is cited in which a statue erected in honour of the latter is metaphorically called hiketēría (olive branch wound around with wool as a symbol of one beseeching protection). (On the shape of this statue and the reasons for its erection, cf. Nep. Chabrias 1-3 and Diod. Sic. 15,33,4). The trial (it concerned treason in connection with battles for the Attic-Boeotian border fortre…

Rhetorica ad Alexandrum

(419 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[German version] Greek rhetoric textbook, amounting to some 100 pages of modern print, recorded in the MSS (none earlier than the 14th cent.) as a work of Aristotle (Aristoteles [6]), but not appearing in the ancient title lists of the Corpus Aristotelicum (e.g. in Diog. Laert. 5,22-27). The earliest surviving attribution to Aristotle is by Syrianus (In Hermog. comm. 2, p. 11,17-21 Rabe). According to Quint. Inst. 3,4,9, Anaximenes [2] of Lampsacus (2nd half 4th cent. BC) distinguished types of speech (εἴδη/ eídē) in his rhetorical textbook ( téchnē); the same distinction occurs at…

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

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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 …

Aristainetos

(227 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] (Ἀρισταίνετος). Eingebürgerter Name für den Autor einer Sammlung von Liebesbriefen in zwei Büchern, wohl aus dem 1. Viertel des 6. Jh. n. Chr. In Wahrheit heißt A. der Absender des ersten erh. Briefes, aber in der Hs. fehlt am Anfang mindestens ein Folio und damit der wirkliche Name des Autors. A. benutzt als Vorlagen hauptsächlich Platon, Menandros, Lukian, Alkiphron, Philostrat und die Romanautoren sowie Liebeselegien des Kallimachos (Aristain. 1,10. 15), deren Inhalt sich so t…

Libanios

(1,649 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] A. Leben L. aus Antiocheia/Syrien, 314-393 n.Chr., ist der bedeutendste griech. Rhetor der späteren Kaiserzeit. Die wertvollsten biograph. Informationen bietet das Werk des L. selbst, bes. die Briefe, auch die Reden mit autobiograph. Thematik, v.a. or. 1 und 2. Dazu kommen Angaben aus zeitgenössischen Schriften (u.a. von Iulianos [11] und Iohannes [4] Chrysostomos), eine Vita des Eunapios und die wohl im wesentlichen aus letzterer schöpfende byz. Trad. (Zosimos, Zonaras, Suda u.a.). L. wurde 314 als Sohn einer hochangesehenen, dem Stand der decuriones (also d…

Amphikrates

(102 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] Rhetor aus Athen, floh von dort 86 v. Chr. vor den siegreichen Römern zunächst nach Seleukeia, später an den Hof des Tigranes zu dessen Frau Kleopatra, der Tochter des Mithradates. Dort fiel er bald in Ungnade und wählte den freiwilligen Hungertod, erhielt aber ein ehrenvolles Begräbnis (Plut. Luc. 22). A. war Asianer, Ps.-Longinos (de subl. 3,2) stellt ihn in eine Reihe mit Hegesias und Matris und nennt ihn stellvertretend für die den guten Vorbildern (Xenophon) zuwiderlaufende …

Himerios

(757 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] A. Leben Aus seinen eigenen Reden und anderen Quellen (Lib., Eun. vit. soph. 14 (494), Suda) ergibt sich: Griech. Rhetor aus Prusias/Bithynien, ca. 320 bis nach 383 n.Chr., Sohn des Rhetors Ameinias. Nach seinem bis Anf. der 340er Jahre währenden Studium in Athen war H. zunächst als Lehrer der Rhet. in Konstantinopel tätig (343-352). Von mehreren in dieser Zeit unternommenen Reisen führte ihn eine nach Nikomedeia (um 350), wo er in einem Redewettstreit gegen Libanios unterlag (Lib.…

Empylos

(65 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] (Ἔμπυλος). Rhetor des 1. Jh.v.Chr. aus Rhodos; er lebte in Rom im Hause des M.Iunius Brutus und verfaßte eine kleine Schrift über Caesars Ermordung, in der er für seinen Freund Brutus Partei ergriff. Plut. Brut. 2,4 hat die Schrift benutzt und positiv beurteilt. Quint. inst. 10,6,4 erwähnt E. lobend wegen seines außerordentlichen Gedächtnisses. Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) Bibliography Ed.: FGrH 2 B 191.

Hybreas

(195 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] (Ὑβρέας). Griech. Redner und Politiker des 1. Jh. v.Chr. aus Mylasa in Karien. Er kam aus einfachsten Verhältnissen (Strab. 14,2,24 = 659), genoß aber in Antiocheia Unterricht bei dem Rhetor Diotrephes. In seine Heimatstadt zurückgekehrt, kam er zu Einfluß und Vermögen und wurde nach dem Tod seines Rivalen Euthydemos zum mächtigsten Mann in Mylasa; er hatte u.a. das Amt des Agoranomos inne (ebd.). In den Auseinandersetzungen nach Caesars Ermordung stand H. auf seiten der Triumvir…

Demades

(318 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] (Δημάδης). Redner aus Athen, * um 380 v. Chr., Sohn des Demeas (Demos Paiania), † 319. Neben Erwähnungen bei zeitgenössischen Rednern und epigraphischen Zeugnissen (gesammelt bei [6]) informiert über ihn ein Suda-Artikel. Wie sein Vater war D. zunächst Seemann, wandte sich dann zu einem nicht sicher bestimmbaren Zeitpunkt der Politik zu, zunächst und auch später noch (vgl. [4]) oft im Einvernehmen mit Demosthenes. Nach 338 wurde D. zu einem der Führer der promaked. Partei, erreic…

Alkiphron

(242 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] (Ἀλκίφρων). Attizistischer Autor vermutlich des 2. oder frühen 3. Jh. n. Chr. [5], erwähnt nur bei Aristain. 1,5. 25 und Eust. 762,62. Erh. ist unter seinem Namen eine Sammlung von 122 fiktiven Briefen (z. T. nur Fr.), gegliedert in 1. Fischer-, 2. Bauern-, 3. Parasiten-, 4. Liebesbriefe. Szenarium sämtlicher Briefe ist das zum zeitlosen Ideal verklärte Attika des 4. Jh. Als Vorlage dürfte A. bes. die Neue Komödie benutzt haben [10], Lukian-Imitation ist nicht sicher nachzuweisen…

Minukianos

(334 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
(Μινουκιανός). [English version] [1] aus Athen, Redner, Redelehrer und Verf. von Rhetoriklehrbüchern, 2. Jh. Redner, Redelehrer und Verf. von Rhetoriklehrbüchern, aus Athen, 2. Jh.n.Chr. Nach einer von [1] v.a. aus Himerios 7,4 (ed. Colonna p. 64) und Apuleius (met. 1,2; 2,2f.) kombinierten Genealogie hat er um das J. 130 Salvia, die Tochter des Stoikers Sextos aus Chaironeia geheiratet, des Lehrers des Marcus [2] Aurelius und Neffen des Plutarchos. Nach der Suda (wo allerdings die biographischen Angaben auf M. [2], den Urenkel des M., zu beziehen sind) verfaßte M. [1] Reden (seine d…

Kraton

(64 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] (Κράτων). Griech. Rhetor, ungefähr Zeitgenosse des älteren Seneca, bekannt als erbitterter Gegner der zu seiner Zeit dominierenden Stilmode des Attizismus. Einige Aussprüche, die von freimütigem Witz gegenüber Kaiser Augustus zeugen, überl. Seneca d.Ä. (contr. 10,5,21f.); demnach und angesichts der ebd. mitgeteilten Gegnerschaft zu dem kaiserlichen Vertrauten Timagenes scheint K. dem engeren Kreis um Augustus angehört zu haben. Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)

Anonymus Seguerianus

(130 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] Bezeichnung für den Verf. eines 1840 durch Séguier de St.-Brisson bekanntgemachten rhet. Traktats aus dem 5. Jh. n. Chr., der zeitweise fälschlich dem L. Annaeus Cornutus zugeschrieben wurde. Dabei handelt es sich um die Epitome eines Schulbuches etwa aus dem 2. Jh. n. Chr. (jedenfalls vor Hermogenes), das sich seinerseits hauptsächlich auf Alexandros [II 25], Neokles und (Valerius) Harpokration stützt. Behandelt werden die 4 partes orationis sowie die 4 officia oratoris . Wichtig ist das Werk auch als Quelle für die Kontroverse z…

Menekleidas

(108 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] (Μενεκλείδας). Thebanischer Redner und Politiker des 4. Jh.v.Chr. Die Hauptquelle (Plut. Pelopidas 25, 290f-291d) beschreibt ihn als zwar wortgewaltigen, aber intriganten Mann, der Epameinondas aus der Boiotarchie drängte und Pelopidas u.a. dadurch herabzusetzen suchte, daß er Charon gegen ihn ausspielte. In einem Paranomieprozeß (Anklage wegen eines gesetzwidrigen Beschlußantrages) wurde M. zu einer hohen Geldstrafe verurteilt, was ihn nicht an weiterem Agitieren gegen Thebens S…

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…

Neanthes

(258 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) | Hidber, Thomas (Bern)
(Νεάνθης). [English version] [1] von Kyzikos, griech. Schriftsteller unsicherer Datierung N. von Kyzikos. Unter diesem Namen sind Testimonien zu und z.T. Fr. aus folgenden Werken überl. (FGrH 84): einer griech. Gesch. (Ἑλληνικά, Hellēniká), einer Gesch. des Attalos [4] I. von Pergamon (Περὶ Ἄτταλον ἱστορίαι, Perí Áttalon historíai), Schriften über Mythen bzw. Gesch. der Stadt Kyzikos (Τὰ κατὰ πόλιν μυθικά, Ὧροι Κυζικηνῶν, Ta katá pólin mythiká, Hṓroi Kyzikēnṓn), einem biographischen Sammelwerk ‘Über berühmte Männer (Περὶ ἐνδόξων ἀνδρῶν, Perí endóxōn andrṓn), einer Schrift…

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…

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…

Rhetorik

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Author(s): Walde, Christine (Basel) | Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
[English version] I. Terminologie Oberbegriff: griech. τέχνη ῥητορική/ téchnē rhētorikḗ; seit Platon als t.t. ῥητορική/ rhētorikḗ [43]; lat. als Technik: ars oratoria, ars dicendi; als Fähigkeit: eloquentia. Ausführende: griech. ῥήτωρ/ rhḗtōr (bei Hom. ῥήτηρ/ rhḗtēr); lat. orator (erst allg. für jeden Redner gebraucht, dann prägnant im Kontext der Rh.), rhetor (t.t. für Redelehrer). Tätigkeit: griech. ἔιρειν/ eírein (“sagen”, in gehobener Sprache) oder allgemeiner λέγειν/ légein (“sprechen”); das lat. Äquivalent wäre orare (“beten”, “feierlich sprechen”), doch hat…

Aeschylus

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Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg) | Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
(Αἰσχύλος; Aischúlos). [German version] [1] of Athens Tragedian, 5th cent. BC Tragedian. Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg) [German version] A. Biography The most important sources of A.'s biography (cited according to TrGF III) are the Vita, the Marmor Parium, and the Suda (s. v. Αἰσχύλος [Aischýlos], αι 357 Adler): born in 525/4 BC in Eleusis (T 1,1; 8; 98,3), son of Euphorion (T 1,1 f.; 2,1; 162,1), from the aristocratic family of the Eupatridae. He fought in the Persian Wars in 490 at Marathon (T 16) and in 480 a…

Democles

(138 words)

Author(s): Engels, Johannes (Cologne) | Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
(Δημοκλῆς; Dēmoklês). [German version] [1] Athenian, attempted to flee from erotic pursuit by Demetrius Poliorcetes At the baths the Athenian D. saved himself as an ‘immature boy’ (παῖς ἄνηβος; paîs ánēbos) from erotic pursuit by  Demetrius [2] Poliorcetes by jumping into a kettle of boiling water but was killed as a result (Plut. Demetrios 24,2-6). D. is not identical with the defender of the sons of Lycurgus against the suits of Moerocles and Menesaechmus (Ps.-Plut. Mor. 842E).  Athens Engels, Johannes (Cologne) [German version] [2] Attic orator of the school of Theophrastus Attic o…

Sopater

(416 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) | Hidber, Thomas (Berne)
(Σώπατρος/ Sṓpatros). [German version] [1] Greek rhetorician, 4th cent. AD Greek rhetorician of the 4th cent. AD, contemporary and perhaps pupil of Himerius (Walz 8,318,29, where the reading ὁ σοφὸς ὁ ἡμέτερος Ἱμέριος 'our learned teacher Himerius' is probably to be preferred). S. probably taught at Athens (Walz 8,55,6 f.). These pieces of information come from his main work, the Διαίρεσις Ζητημάτων/Di(h)aíresis Zētēmátōn (approx. 'Discussion of Questions'), a collection of 82 fictional controversiae , dedicated to an otherwise unknown Carponia…

Basilicus

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Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) | Bloch, René (Berne)
(Βασιλικός; Basilikós). [German version] [1] Rhetor in the 2nd cent. AD Rhetor in the 2nd cent. AD who lived past the year 200. He taught in Nicomedia in Bithynia (Suda s.v. Apsines). His student  Apsines refers to him and Aristides as the only sources for his study of rhetoric. In addition to a commentary on Demosthenes, B. is attributed with the authorship of several rhetorical works (περὶ τῶν διὰ λέξεως σχημάτων, περὶ ῥητορικῆς παρασκευῆς ἤτοι περὶ ἀσκήσεως, περὶ μεταποιήσεως). Only few remnants of these works are preserved in the Hermogenes scholia. Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswa…

Antyllus

(426 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) | Nutton, Vivian (London)
(Ἄντυλλος; Ántyllos). [German version] [1] Grammarian and rhetor of unknown time Grammarian and rhetorician of unknown time (Suda). He authored a biography of Thucydides, which was used by Marcellinus in his Thucydides-Vita (22, 36, 55), and a commentary to Thucydides, which was used and quoted in a number of scholia (to 1,2,3; 3,95,1; 4,19,1 and 28,2). Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) Bibliography F. Goslings, Observationes ad Sch. in Thuc., 1874, 54 ff. R. Tosi, Scolifantasma tucididei, 1983. [German version] [2] Greek physician and surgeon of the imperial period Greek p…

Nicetes

(317 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) | Bowie, Ewen (Oxford)
(Νικέτης; Nikét ēs). [German version] [1] Greek rhetor at Rome, Augustan period Greek rhetor active at Rome in the Augustan period, known solely through several references by Seneca the Elder. Most of these report brief judgements and pithy remarks on fictional disputes (Sen. Controv 1,4,12; 1,5,9; 1,7,18; 1,8,13; 9,2,29; 9,6,18; 10,5,23); others exemplify the peculiarity of his teaching method (ibid. 9,2,23: N. only declaimed himself, and did not listen to students' practice speeches) and indicate his evid…

Molon

(443 words)

Author(s): Mehl, Andreas (Halle/Saale) | Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
(Μόλων; Mólōn). [German version] [1] Satrap of Media and governor-general of the Upper Satrapies in 222 BC In 222 BC, together with his brothers Alexander and Neolaus, M., as satrap of Media and governor-general of the Upper Satrapies, rebelled against the young Antiochus [5] III and assumed the title of king (on coins: βασιλέως Μόλωνος). M. repelled Antiochus' military commanders, occupied the Apolloniatis (left bank of the Tigris, to the north of Babylon), crushed an army led by Xenoitas in 221 and conquered t…

Hegesias

(418 words)

Author(s): Döring, Klaus (Bamberg) | Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald)
(Ἡγησίας; Hēgēsías). [German version] [1] Cyrenaic, c. 300 BC  Cyrenaic, lived in the decades before and after 300 BC. Due to the modifications that he (presumably in dialogue with  Epicurus) made on the original Cyrenaic doctrine of pleasure, some ancient philosophical historians have a new phase in the history of the Cyrenaics begin with him. H. assessed the view that one could succeed in achieving  pleasure and avoiding pain much more pessimistically than the original Cyrenaics. …

Democrates

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Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) | Pressler, Frank (Heidelberg)
(Δημοκράτης; Dēmokrátēs). [German version] [1] Attic orator of the 4th cent. BC from Aphidna Attic orator of the 4th cent. BC from Aphidna, probably an older contemporary of Demosthenes [2] (about 338 BC he is called γέρων ( gérōn; old man), cf. Stob. Floril. 3,22,43). As the descendant of  Harmodius or  Aristogeiton, he had a claim to free provisions in the Prytaneion (Hyp. 4,3). He belonged to the Pro-Macedonian party (Hyp. 4,2). He is also mentioned in Aeschin. Leg. 2,17 and Isaeus 6,22. Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) Bibliography Blass, 3,2. [German version] [2] Tragedian of Sic…

Naucrates

(247 words)

Author(s): Weißenberger, Michael (Greifswald) | Damschen, Gregor (Halle/Saale)
(Ναυκράτης; Naukrát ēs). [German version] [1] Of Erythrae, rhetor, 4th cent. BC Rhetor of the 4th cent. BC, of Erythrae [2] in Ionia, known almost solely by virtue of the fact that he was a student of Isocrates. He seems not only to have relied closely on his teacher linguistically and stylistically (Cic. De orat. 2,94), but also, like him, to have confined his activities particularly to the area of political journalism (an epitáphios [2] is mentioned - probably a model funeral oration without a concrete occasion: Dion. Hal. Rhet. 6,1 - and a funeral oration presente…
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