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Headword: Ὀλυμπιάνειος σοφιστής
Adler number: omicron,213
Translated headword: Olympianeian sophist
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning sc. an associate] of Olympianus.
Greek Original:
Ὀλυμπιάνειος σοφιστής: τοῦ Ὀλυμπιανοῦ.
'A cryptic entry', as Malcolm Heath (see below) puts it. The Olympianus referred to here is indeterminable; there is a sophist Olympianus attested in Libanius (Epistles 1489); also an author quoted in Stephanus of Byzantium s.vv. Δούλων πόλις, Ταηνοὶ , in the latter as the writer of a book entitled Ἀραβικὰ , Arabian Stories (although there are ms variations on the name: see Heath 133 n.19).
Apart from these, we also know of a bishop of Byzantium (187-198) by that name, another Olympianus as the addressee of a letter by Gregory of Nazianzus (Epistles 234); and the name is also attested in epigraphic sources. Finally, there is an Armenian collection of fables under Olympianus' name, probably a compilation of Aesopic fables.
Heath, M., 'Theon and the history of the progymnasmata', Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies 43 (2002-3) 129-160
Keywords: biography; definition; rhetoric
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 14 May 2007@18:47:18.
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David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 15 May 2007@03:23:08.
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