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Headword: Ἐπιφάνιος
Adler number: epsilon,2744
Translated headword: Epiphanios, Epiphanius
Vetting Status: high
[Epiphanios] and Euprepios were both Alexandrian in origin and very expert in the rites accepted by the Alexandrians. Euprepios presided over the rites called Persian, but Epiphanios over those concerning Osiris; not only so, but also of the rites of the god celebrated as Aion. Though I could say who this god is, nevertheless I am not writing it in accordance with my present purpose. Epiphanios had a leadership role in these rites also. These men were not born into the time-honored style of life,[1] but overlapped with and met those who were; assisted by them, they then became sources of many blessings for their contemporaries, eloquent heralds especially of the ancient stories. Damascius [wrote this].
Greek Original:
Ἐπιφάνιος καὶ Εὐπρέπιος ἐγενέσθην Ἀλεξανδρεῖς τὸ γένος ἀμφότεροι καὶ τῶν παρὰ Ἀλεξανδρεῦσι τελετῶν νομιζομένων δαημονέστατοι, τῶν μὲν Περσικῶν καλουμένων ὁ Εὐπρέπιος ἐξάρχων, τῶν δὲ ἀμφὶ τὸν Ὄσιριν ὁ Ἐπιφάνιος. οὐ μόνον δέ, ἀλλὰ καὶ τῶν τοῦ Αἰῶνος ὑμνουμένου θεοῖ: ὃν ἔχων εἰπεῖν ὅστις ἐστίν, ὅμως οὐ γράφω κατά γε τὴν παροῦσαν ταύτην ὁρμήν. ὁ δὲ Ἐπιφάνιος ἐξηγεῖτο καὶ τῶνδε τῶν ἱερῶν. οὗτοι μέντοι οἱ ἄνδρες οὐκ ἐγένοντο μὲν ἐπὶ τῆς ἀρχαιοπρεποῦς πολιτείας, τοῖς δὲ γενομένοις ἐπιβεβήκασι καὶ ἐνέτυχον, καὶ παρ' ἐκείνων ὠφεληθέντες, ἔπειτα τοῖς καθ' ἑαυτοὺς ἐγένοντο πολλῶν ἀγαθῶν ἡγεμόνες, τῶν τε ἄλλων καὶ παλαιῶν διηγμάτων πολύφωνοι κήρυκες. Δαμάσκιος.
Damascius, Life of Isidore fr. 100 Zintzen (51 Asmus, 41 Athanassiadi) cf. delta 10, epsilon 2233.
Athanassiadi rejects Zintzen's identification of this Epiphanios with the sophist of Petra (epsilon 2741); she says that this one was an Alexandrian astronomer, a pupil of Theon, the mathematician and father of Hypatia (upsilon 166).
[1] This suggests that they were born into Christian families, but later were converted to paganism.
Keywords: biography; Christianity; ethics; geography; philosophy; religion; science and technology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 18 February 2004@01:36:08.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note; cosmetics) on 18 February 2004@03:21:52.
Catharine Roth (modified translation on the basis of Athanassiadi's version, added note) on 20 February 2004@23:56:58.
Catharine Roth (augmented note) on 21 February 2004@22:28:38.
Catharine Roth (added keyword) on 11 October 2005@20:46:41.
David Whitehead on 22 October 2012@07:07:24.
Catharine Roth (another keyword) on 9 November 2017@01:13:44.


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