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Favorinus

(c. 85—155 ad)


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(c. ad 85–155),

sophist, philosopher, and man of letters. Born in Gallic Arelate, he learned Greek, and worked only in that language throughout his professional career. His speaking tours took him to Athens, Corinth, and Ionia, where he contracted a bitter feud with his fellow sophist Polemon. He was a friend of Plutarch, and the teacher and associate of Herodes Atticus, Fronto, and Aulus Gellius (who quotes and refers to him often). At Rome he moved in the circle of Hadrian, was advanced to equestrian rank, and held the office of a provincial high priest. He fell into disfavour, c.130. Under Antoninus Pius he recovered his position. His extensive writings may be divided into three categories: (a) Miscellanies, esp. the Memoirs and the Miscellaneous History, of which the first was devoted to stories about philosophers. (b) Declamations. (c) Philosophical works, in which Favorinus presented himself as an adherent of the ‘old’ scepticism of the Academy.

(a) Miscellanies, esp. the Memoirs and the Miscellaneous History, of which the first was devoted to stories about philosophers. (b) Declamations. (c) Philosophical works, in which Favorinus presented himself as an adherent of the ‘old’ scepticism of the Academy.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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