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Headword: Polemôn
Adler number: pi,1887
Translated headword: Polemon, Polemo
Vetting Status: high
son of Philostratus or Philocrates; Athenian, philosopher, pupil of Xenocrates the successor of Plato,[1] and himself head of the Academy.[2] He was extremely prodigal; then he took up philosophy. And he wrote many books, but nothing of him survives. He took pleasure in both Homer and Sophocles and used to say that each of them perhaps possessed some wisdom; this led him even to assert that Homer [was] an epic Sophocles, Sophocles a tragic Homer.[3]
Greek Original:
Polemôn, Philostratou ê Philokratous, Athênaios, philosophos, mathêtês Xenokratous tou Platônos diadochou kai autos hêgêsamenos tês Akadêmias. egegonei de sphodra asôtos: eita ephilosophêse. kai polla men sunegrapse biblia, ouden de autou pheretai. echaire de Homêrôi te kai Sophoklei kai isôs echein hekateron autôn sophias elegen: hôste kai phaskein Homêron men Sophoklea epikon, Sophoklea de Homêron tragikon.
C4/3 BCE; see generally OCD4 s.v. Polemon(2). The present material appears to draw on the opening chapters (4.16-20, esp. 16 and 20) of the ancient biography of him by Diogenes Laertius, with minor additions.
[1] For Xenokrates see generally xi 42, xi 43.
[2] Between 314/3 and 270/69.
[3] cf. kappa 2730.
Keywords: biography; chronology; epic; ethics; geography; philosophy; tragedy
Translated by: David Whitehead on 27 October 2003@03:53:03.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 27 October 2003@18:48:14.
David Whitehead (typo) on 28 October 2003@03:04:36.
David Whitehead on 7 October 2013@08:16:11.
David Whitehead on 10 August 2014@06:01:13.


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