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Headword: Πολέμων
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:
Πολέμων, Φιλοστράτου ἢ Φιλοκράτους, Ἀθηναῖος, φιλόσοφος, μαθητὴς Ξενοκράτους τοῦ Πλάτωνος διαδόχου καὶ αὐτὸς ἡγησάμενος τῆς Ἀκαδημίας. ἐγεγόνει δὲ σφόδρα ἄσωτος: εἶτα ἐφιλοσόφησε. καὶ πολλὰ μὲν συνέγραψε βιβλία, οὐδὲν δὲ αὐτοῦ φέρεται. ἔχαιρε δὲ Ὁμήρῳ τε καὶ Σοφοκλεῖ καὶ ἴσως ἔχειν ἑκάτερον αὐτῶν σοφίας ἔλεγεν: ὥστε καὶ φάσκειν Ὅμηρον μὲν Σοφοκλέα ἐπικόν, Σοφοκλέα δὲ Ὅμηρον τραγικόν.
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.
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Catharine Roth (set status) on 27 October 2003@18:48:14.
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