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Headword: Ὀλυμπιόδωρος
Adler number: omicron,216
Translated headword: Olympiodoros, Olympiodorus
Vetting Status: high
An Alexandrian philosopher, whose fame [was] widespread. Proclus the Lycian[1] studied with him, on Aristotelian discourses. "Listening to Olympiodorus, a man able in speech and because of his facility and aptitude in this being accessible to few of the listeners [...]." "He [sc. Olympiodorus] felt such admiration for the youth that, since he also had a daughter, she too brought up in philosophy, he pledged her to him."[2]
Greek Original:
Ὀλυμπιόδωρος, φιλόσοφος Ἀλεξανδρεύς: οὗ κλέος εὐρύ. παρὰ τοῦτον φοιτᾷ Πρόκλος ὁ Λύκιος ἐπ' Ἀριστοτελικοῖς λόγοις. Ὀλυμπιοδώρου δὲ ἀκροώμενος ἀνδρὸς δυνατοῦ λέγειν καὶ διὰ τὴν περὶ τοῦτο εὐκολίαν καὶ ἐντρέχειαν ὀλίγοις τῶν ἀκουόντων ὄντος ἐφικτοῦ: ἠγάσθη δὲ τὸ μειράκιον, ὥστε καὶ θυγάτριον ἔχων ἠγμένον καὶ αὐτὸ φιλοσόφως βουληθῆναι αὐτῷ κατεγγυῆσαι.
From Marinus, Life of Proclus c.9. (The second part of the Suda's quotation precedes the first.) This is Olympiodorus the elder: Olympiodorus (12) in RE, to be distinguished from Olympiodorus (13) the younger (Neoplatonic philosopher).
For three other homonyms see OCD4 s.v. Olympiodorus(1) [O. the Athenian democratic general of the C4/3 BCE], (2) [O. of Gaza, pupil of Carneades (kappa 400)] and (3) [O. of Egyptian Thebes: poet, historian and diplomat of the C4/5].
[1] pi 2473.
[2] Quoted already at eta 65.
Keywords: biography; ethics; geography; philosophy; rhetoric; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 8 May 2008@11:27:32.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 9 May 2008@02:57:16.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 9 May 2008@08:02:46.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 25 June 2013@03:35:53.
David Whitehead on 6 August 2014@03:03:54.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 3 January 2015@00:57:04.


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