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Headword: *suriano/s
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:
*suriano/s, *)alecandreu/s, filo/sofos, *)isokrati/wn, h(ghsa/menos th=s e)n *)aqh/nais sxolh=s te kai\ diatribh=s kai\ dida/skalos geno/menos *pro/klou, o(\s kai\ dia/doxos au)tou= e)ge/neto. e)/grayen ei)s *(/omhron o(/lon u(po/mnhma e)n bibli/ois e(pta/, ei)s th\n politei/an *pla/twnos bibli/a te/ssara, ei)s th\n *)orfe/ws *qeologi/an bibli/a du/o, [ei)s ta\ *pro/klou] *peri\ tw=n par' *(omh/rw| qew=n, *sumfwni/an *)orfe/ws, *puqago/rou, *pla/twnos peri\ ta\ lo/gia bibli/a de/ka: kai\ a)/lla tina\ e)chghtika/. o(/ti *)isi/dwros o( filo/sofos, w(/s fhsi *dama/skios, pa/nta ta\ tw=n palaiw=n e)ceta/zwn ou)k a)ni/ei pro\s to\ a)kribe/staton: prosei=xe de\ to\n nou=n e)s ta\ ma/lista meta\ *pla/twna tw=| *)iambli/xw|, kai\ toi=s *)iambli/xou fi/lois dh\ kai\ o)padoi=s. w(=n a)/riston ei)=nai dii+sxuri/zeto to\n e(autou= poli/thn *suriano/n, to\n *pro/klou dida/skalon. a)tima/zein de\ ou)de/na h)ci/ou pro\s sunagurmo\n a)lhqou=s e)pisth/mhs.
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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