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（*Liba/nios), the most distinguished among the Greek sophists and rhetoricians of the fourth century of our era.
He was born at Antioch, on the Orontes, and belonged to an illustrious family of that place; but the year of his birth is uncertain, some assigning it to A. D. 314, and others two years later, according to a passage in one of the orations of Libanius (i. p. 94, ed. Reiske).
He received his first education, which was probably not of a very high character, in his native place, but being urged on by an invincible desire of acquiring knowledge and cultivating his mind, he went to Athens.
He himself mentions among his teachers Cleobulus, Didymus, and Zenobius (Epist. 50, 100, 321, 407, 1181). While at Athens, he became the object of a series of intrigues, against which he had to struggle throughout his subsequent life.
The pedantry then prevalent at Athens, to which he was obliged to submit, made a bad impression upon him, so that he appears to have devoted himself m