A celebrated Athenian general, the son of Asopius. He distinguished himself particularly in
the command of an Athenian fleet in the Corinthian Gulf, where with far inferior forces he
gained some brilliant victories over the Peloponnesian fleet in B.C. 429. In the ensuing
winter he landed on the coast of Acarnania, and advanced into the interior, where he also
gained some successes (Thucyd. ii. 80-92, 102; Diod.xii. 37
He was a man of remarkably temperate habits and a strict disciplinarian.
A Peripatetic philosopher of Ephesus, of whom is told the story that he discoursed for
several hours before Hannibal on the military art and the duties of a general. When his
admiring listeners asked Hannibal what he thought of him, the latter replied that of all the
old fools whom he had ever seen, none could match Phormion (Cic.
De Orat. ii. 18, 75