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Headword: Surianos
Adler number: sigma,1662
Translated headword: Syrianos, Syrianus
Vetting Status: high
of Alexandria: philosopher, Isocratean,[1] leader of the school and sect in Athens and a teacher of Proclus, who also became his successor.[2] He wrote a commentary on the whole of Homer in seven books; four books on the Republic of Plato; two books on the Theology of Orpheus; About the gods in Homer;[3] Harmonisation of Orpheus, Pythagoras and Plato in respect of oracles, ten books; and other works of exegesis.[4]
[Note] that Isidore the philosopher, so Damascius says, "when examining everything said by the ancients, was relentless in the pursuit of utmost accuracy; and he applied his mind particularly, after Plato, to Iamblichus -- and of course to Iamblichus' friends and followers."[5] "Of whom he used to insist that the best was his own [fellow-]citizen Syrianus, the teacher of Proclus. He saw fit to disregard no-one for the collecting of true knowledge."[6]
Greek Original:
Surianos, Alexandreus, philosophos, Isokratiôn, hêgêsamenos tês en Athênais scholês te kai diatribês kai didaskalos genomenos Proklou, hos kai diadochos autou egeneto. egrapsen eis Homêron holon hupomnêma en bibliois hepta, eis tên politeian Platônos biblia tessara, eis tên Orpheôs Theologian biblia duo, [eis ta Proklou] Peri tôn par' Homêrôi theôn, Sumphônian Orpheôs, Puthagorou, Platônos peri ta logia biblia deka: kai alla tina exêgêtika. hoti Isidôros ho philosophos, hôs phêsi Damaskios, panta ta tôn palaiôn exetazôn ouk aniei pros to akribestaton: proseiche de ton noun es ta malista meta Platôna tôi Iamblichôi, kai tois Iamblichou philois dê kai opadois. hôn ariston einai diïschurizeto ton heautou politên Surianon, ton Proklou didaskalon. atimazein de oudena êxiou pros sunagurmon alêthous epistêmês.
Rhetorician and Neoplatonist philosopher of the C5 CE (succeeded Plutarch of Athens [pi 1794] as head of the Academy in 431/2). See generally OCD4 s.v.
[1] The term (ostensibly a present participle) is otherwise unattested and may well be corrupt (as well as inappropriate); Adler's apparatus tentatively suggests *swkratiko/s.
[2] cf. pi 2473.
[3] The immediately preceding phrase ei)s ta\ *pro/klou is generally deleted as an intrusive marginal gloss.
[4] Including the only ones extant: commentaries on Aristotle's Metaphysics and two rhetorical treatises of Hermogenes (OCD).
[5] Damascius, Life of Isidore fr.77 Zintzen (33 Asmus).
[6] Damascius fr.77 Zintzen continued (36 Asmus); cf. sigma 1425.
Keywords: biography; chronology; epic; ethics; geography; philosophy; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 6 August 2006@08:05:29.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (supplemented translation, corrected cross-reference, set status) on 6 August 2006@17:35:23.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 7 August 2006@03:08:37.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 5 January 2014@01:00:09.
David Whitehead on 5 January 2014@05:38:42.
David Whitehead on 9 August 2014@12:03:14.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 1 February 2015@23:34:40.
David Whitehead on 27 May 2016@05:36:46.


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