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Philostratus

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Philostratus or Lucius Flavius Philostratus /fɪˈlɒstrətəs/; Greek: Φλάβιος Φιλόστρατος;1 c 170/172 – 247/250, called "the Athenian", was a Greek sophist of the Roman imperial period His father was a minor sophist of the same name He was born probably around 172, and is said by the Suda to have been living in the reign of emperor Philip the Arab 244–249 His death possibly occurred in Tyre c 250 AD

Contents

  • 1 Name and identity
  • 2 Works attributed to Philostratus
  • 3 Notes
  • 4 References
  • 5 Further reading
  • 6 External links

Name and identityedit

Some ambiguity surrounds his name The praenom Flavius is given in The Lives of the Sophists and Tzetzes Eunapius and Synesius call him a Lemnian; Photius a Tyrian; his letters refer to him as an Athenian

It is probable that he was born in Lemnos, studied and taught at Athens, and then settled in Rome where he would naturally be called Atheniensis as a member of the learned circle with which empress Julia Domna surrounded herself

Works attributed to Philostratusedit

Historians agree that Philostratus authored at minimum five works: Life of Apollonius of Tyana Τὰ ἐς τὸν Τυανέα Ἀπολλώνιον; Latin: Vita Apollonii, Lives of the Sophists Βίοι Σοφιστῶν, Gymnasticus Γυμναστικός, Heroicus Ἡρωικός and Epistolae Ἐπιστολαί Another work, Imagines Εἰκόνες, is usually assigned to his son-in-law Philostratus of Lemnos

Heroicus On Heroes, 213–214 AD is in the form of a dialogue between a Phoenician traveler and a vine-tender or groundskeeper ἀμπελουργός ampelourgos, regarding Protesilaus or "Protosilaos", the first Achaean warrior to be killed at the siege of Troy, as described in The Iliad The dialogue extends into a discussion and critique of Homer's presentation of heroes and gods, based on the greater authority of the dead Protosileus, who lives after death and communicates with the ampelourgos Heroicus includes Achilles' "Ode to Echo"2

Life of Apollonius of Tyana, written between 217 and 238 AD, tells the story of Apollonius of Tyana c 40 – c 120 AD, a Pythagorean philosopher and teacher Philostratus wrote the book for Julia Domna, wife of Septimius Severus and mother of Caracalla The book was completed after her death

Lives of the Sophists, written between 231 and 237 AD, is a semi-biographical history of the Greek sophists The book is dedicated to a consul Antonius Gordianus, perhaps one of the two Gordians who were killed in 238 The work is divided into two parts: the first dealing with the ancient Sophists, eg Gorgias, the second with the later school, eg Herodes Atticus The Lives are not in the true sense biographical, but rather picturesque impressions of leading representatives of an attitude of mind full of curiosity, alert and versatile, but lacking scientific method, preferring the external excellence of style and manner to the solid achievements of serious writing The philosopher, as he says, investigates truth; the sophist embellishes it, and takes it for granted

Gymnasticus, written after 220 AD, contains accounts concerning the Olympic games and athletic contests in general

Epistolae, or Love Letters, breathe the spirit of the New Comedy and the Alexandrine poets; portions of Letter 33 are almost literally translated in Ben Jonson's Song to Celia, "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes" The letters are mainly of an erotic character Their publication date is unknown

Internal evidence confirms that the authors of Life of Apollonius and Lives of the Sophists are one and the samecitation needed The Lives of the Sophists was to have an enormous impact upon later writers, particularly Neoplatonistscitation needed

Notesedit

  1. ^ Flavius Philostratus, Phlauiu Philostratu Bioi sophistōn, Mohr, 1838, p xxv
  2. ^ Sophia Papaioannou, Redesigning Achilles: 'Recycling' the Epic Cycle in the 'Little Iliad' Ovid, Metamorphoses 121-13622 Berlin/New York Paul, George M 1982 - 2007 Page 153 "Nagy's article comments on an interesting but little known literary reception of Achilles, namely his representation as a lyric poet and lyre-player, singing a song to Echo a code name for the Muse in the company of Helen of Troy and the two heroes, now souls distanced from their epic lives/roles, have become bards who sing of their own deeds Cf Maclean and Aitken above for a translation of the Heroicus, including Achilles' 'Ode to Echo'"

Referencesedit

  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed 1911 "article name needed" Encyclopædia Britannica 11th ed Cambridge University Press 

Further readingedit

  • Alciphron, Aelian, and Philostratus, The Letters Translated by A R Benner, F H Fobes 1949 Loeb Classical Library ISBN 978-0-674-99421-8
  • Philostratus, Lives of the Sophists Eunapius, Lives of the Philosophers and Sophists Translated by Wilmer C Wright 1921 Loeb Classical Library ISBN 978-0-674-99149-1
  • Philostratus, Apollonius of Tyana 3 volumes Translated by Christopher P Jones 2005-6 Loeb Classical Library ISBN 978-0-674-99613-7, ISBN 978-0-674-99614-4, and ISBN 978-0-674-99617-5
  • Côté, Dominique "La figure d’Eschine dans les Vies des sophistes de Philostrate", Cahiers des études anciennes 42 2005, p 389-420
  • Côté, Dominique "Les deux sophistiques de Philostrate", Rhetorica 24 2006, 1-35
  • Bowie, Ewen and Jaś Elsner eds Philostratus Greek culture in the Roman world Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009
  • Due, Casey and Gregory Nagy "Preliminaries" Introduction to online text of On Heroes
  • Philostratus, Heroicus; Gymnasticus; Discourses 1 and 2 Edited and translated by Jeffrey Rusten and Jason König Loeb Classical Library Cambridge, Mass and London, England, 2014
  • Philostratos, Leben der Sophisten Greek and German by Kai Brodersen Wiesbaden: Marix 2014, ISBN 978-3-86539-368-5
  • Philostratos, Sport in der Antike Peri Gymnastikes Greek and German by Kai Brodersen Wiesbaden: Marix, 2015, ISBN 978-3-7374-0961-2
  • Bachmann, Cordula Wenn man die Welt als Gemälde betrachtet Studien zu den Eikones Philostrats des Älteren Heidelberg: Verlag Antike, 2015, ISBN 978-3-938032-84-8

External linksedit

  • Livius, Philostratus Updates the subsequent article with some ninety years of more recent research
  • Online Text: Philostratus, On Heroes Heroicus translated by Ellen Bradshaw Aitken and Jennifer K Berenson Maclean
  • Online Text: Philostratus, Life of Apollonius of Tyana translated by F C Conybeare
  • Flavius Philostratus entry in historical sourcebook with fresh translations of excerpts from the Life of Apollonius by Mahlon H Smith
  • Imagines in National Széchényi Library, Budapest
  • Works by or about Philostratus at Internet Archive
  • Works by Philostratus at LibriVox public domain audiobooks
  • Flavii Philostrati opera, C L Kayser edit, 2 voll, Lipsiae, in aedibus B G Teubneri, 1870-71:
    • Life of Apollonius: vol 1 pp 1-344
    • Lives of the sophists: vol 2 pp 1-127
    • Heroicus: vol 2 pp 128-219
    • Epistolae: vol 2 pp 225-260
    • Gymnasticus: vol 2 pp 261-293
  • Philostratorum et Callistrati opera, Eunapii vitae sophistarum, Himerii sophistae declamationes, A Westermann, Jo Fr Boissoade, Fr Dübner ed, Parisiis, editore Ambrosio Firmin Didot, 1849, pp 1-194 Life of Apollonius, pp 195-265 Lives of the Sophists, pp 267-319 Heroicus, pp 320-338 Epistolae

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