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Headword: Hieroklês
Adler number: iota,178
Translated headword: Hierokles, Hierocles
Vetting Status: high
A philosopher, from Alexandria. This man, along with his unchanging and magnificent breadth in thought to an outstanding degree and excelling in eloquence and abundance of the most beautiful nouns and verbs, used to astound his audiences everywhere. He also had a disciple Theosebios, a man the equal of any whom we know in looking into the souls of men. The same Theosebios used to relate that Hierokles once said that Socrates'[1] words were like cubes: they were everywhere 'no-fall', no matter how they landed.[2] Of Hierokles' courage and high-mindedness the lot that befell him gave evidence. For when he went to Byzantium he gave offense to those in power[3] and being led to trial he was beaten with the blows of men. As his blood flowed, dipping the hollow of his hand he sprinkled the judge, saying, "Cyclops, come, drink wine, since you eat the flesh of men."[4] But when he was condemned to exile and returned much later to Alexandria he taught his customary philosophy to those who approached. It is possible to learn the great-spirited wisdom of Hierokles from his writings, which he composed on The Golden Verses of the Pythagoreans[5] and of other lengthy books On Providence; in these the man appears high-minded in his way of life, but not accurate in his knowledge.
Greek Original:
Hieroklês, philosophos, Alexandreus. houtos meta tou atreptou kai megaloprepous eurous te tên dianoian eis huperbolên kai diapherôn euglôttiai kai euporiai tôn kallistôn onomatôn kai rhêmatôn kateplêtte pantachou tous akroômenous. ên de autôi kai mathêtês Theosebios, anêr, eiper tis heteros hôn hêmeis ismen, eiôthôs apoblepein eis tas tôn anthrôpôn psuchas. elege de ho autos Theosebios exêgoumenon phanai pote ton Hieroklea, kubois eoikenai tous Sôkratous logous: aptôtas gar einai pantachou, hopêi an pesôsi. tou de Hierokleous to andreion kai megalothumon êthos apedeixen hê sumbasa tuchê peri auton. eis gar to Buzantion anelthôn prosekrouse tois kratousi kai eis dikastêrion achtheis etupteto tas ex anthrôpôn plêgas. rheomenos de tôi haimati, bapsas koilên tên cheira prosrainei ton kritên hama legôn: kuklôps, tê, pie oinon, epei phages andromea krea. phugên de katakritheis kai epanelthôn chronôi husteron eis Alexandreian sunephilosophei ta eiôthota tois plêsiazousin. exesti de mathein tên Hierokleous megalognômona phronêsin apo tôn sungrammatôn, hôn gegraphen eis ta Chrusa epê tôn Puthagoreiôn kai heterôn bibliôn peri pronoias suchnôn: en hois phainetai ho anêr tên men zôên hupsêlophrôn, tên de gnôsin ouk akribês.
Damascius, Life of Isidore fr. 106 Zintzen (54 Asmus); cf. Photius, Bibliotheca 338b 28 ff.
On Hierocles and Theosebius see also epsilon 2424.
[1] sigma 829.
[2] A wrestling metaphor.
[3] That is, Christian authorities.
[4] Homer, Odyssey 9.347 (web address 1).
[5] cf. under pi 3120.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: athletics; biography; Christianity; epic; ethics; food; geography; imagery; law; philosophy; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 18 January 2007@00:44:08.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 18 January 2007@03:20:28.
Catharine Roth (added keyword) on 18 January 2007@10:41:52.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 9 January 2013@08:34:34.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 10 January 2013@01:37:13.
David Whitehead (note tweak) on 26 April 2016@04:49:37.


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