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Headword: Ὀλυμπιόδωρος
Adler number: omicron,216
Translated headword: Olympiodoros, Olympiodorus
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
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.
Notes:
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.
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David Whitehead on 6 August 2014@03:03:54.
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