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Headword: Pôliôn
Adler number: pi,2165
Translated headword: Polio, Polion
Vetting Status: high
Surnamed Asinius;[1] of Tralles.[2] Sophist and philosopher. He was a sophist in Rome in the time of Pompey the Great, and succeeded Timagenes[3] as the head of his school. He wrote an epitome of Philochorus' Atthis;[4] Memoirs of the philosopher Musonius;[5] an epitome of Diophanes' Georgica (2 books);[6] Against Aristotle, on Animals (10 books); on the Roman civil war, fought between Caesar and Pompey.[7]
Greek Original:
Pôliôn, ho Asinios chrêmatisas, Trallianos, sophistês kai philosophos: sophisteusas en Rhômêi epi Pompêïou tou megalou kai diadexamenos tên scholên Timagenous. egrapsen epitomên tês Philochorou Atthidos, Apomnêmoneumata Mousôniou tou philosophou, epitomên tôn Diophanous Geôrgikôn en bibliois b#, pros Aristotelên peri zôiôn biblia i#, peri tou emphuliou tês Rhômês polemou, hon epolemêsan Kaisar te kai Pompêïos.
C1 BC. See generally RE Asinius(23); PIR2 A 1239; FGrH 193 (this testimonium only, plus the 'Roman Civil War' title, on which see further below).
[1] He is not to be confused with a much better-known namesake: C. Asinius Pollio (76 BC- AD 4), consul in 40 BC and, in retirement from public life, author of a history of the period 60-42. The present individual is taken to be the historian's freedman.
[2] In Caria/Lydia (Barrington Atlas map 61 grid F1).
[3] tau 588: Timagenes.
[4] phi 441: Philochorus.
[5] mu 1305: Musonius -- but Musonius is too late for this man to have written about him; hence the suggested attribution of this phrase (noted by Adler) to pi 2166.
[6] RE Diophanes(9).
[7] See above, n.1. Jacoby (in the commentary to FGrH 193) briefly airs two possibilities about this: that the present attribution of such a work to P. of Tralles is the result of confusion between him and his patron, or that this was a Greek edition/translation.
Keywords: agriculture; biography; chronology; geography; historiography; military affairs; philosophy; poetry; rhetoric; zoology
Translated by: Malcolm Heath on 25 May 2002@08:20:11.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (supplied headword; added keywords; cosmetics) on 13 September 2002@08:39:56.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 2 October 2005@11:24:30.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; another keyword) on 27 October 2011@07:02:41.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 3 November 2014@01:39:36.


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