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2 Dionys. Lys. c. 1 says that in the archonship of Kallias (412 B.C.) Lysias was forty-seven, “as one might conjecture” — ὡς ἄν τις εἰκάσειεν. Again in c. 12 he supposes that Lysias may have died in 379 at the age of 80. The pseudo-Plutarch Vit. Lys. says boldly:—γενόμενος Ἀθήνησιν ἐπὶ Φιλοκλέους ἄρχοντος τοῦ μετὰ Φρασικλῆ, κατὰ τὸ δεύτερον ἔτος τῆς ὀγδοηκοστῆς Ὀλυμπιάδος.
3 Dionys. Lys. c. 12: [Plut.] Vit. Lys.
4 The speech Against Evandros (382 B.C.), and that For Pherenikos, of which a fragment remains, (381 or 380 B.C.)—are his latest known works. The two lost speeches For Iphikrates (Sauppe, Frag. XVIII. and LXV, Att. Or. II. pp. 178, 190) belonged respectively to the years 371 and 354; but the judgment of Dionysios in rejecting them (Lys. c. 12) has been generally confirmed by modern writers.
6 Gesammelte Abhandlungen, p. 15.
7 Uebersetzung d. Reden d. Lys. pp. 5 ff.—Blass, Attisch. Bereds. p. 333.
8 A dialogue of Plato can seldom be safely cited to prove that one of the persons of the imaginary conversation was, or was not, alive at a given time long before. But when, in such a dialogue, one of two persons contemporary with Plato is represented as very decidedly older than the other, it must be assumed that this was the case. To infer from the Republic that Kephalos was alive in 430 B.C. would be rash. But it is perfectly safe to infer from the Phaedros (p. 278 E, &c.) that Lysias was an orator of matured powers when Isokrates was a boy.
9 Blass distinctly admits this:— ‘Starb also Lysias bald nach diesem Jahre, so sind freilieh jene Angaben über das Alter, welches er erreichte, vollig aufzugeben.’ Att. Bereds. p. 336.
10 Stallbaum, in his Lysiaca ad illustrandas Phaedri Platonici origines (Leipzig, 1851) pp. 6 f, takes the following dates: Birth of Lysias, 459: Foundation of Thurii, 446: Kephalos comes to Athens, 444: Lysias goes to Thurii, 443: Death of Lysias, 378.
11 Plato (Rep. p. 328 B) mentions Lysias and Euthydêmos as the brothers of Polemarehos. Dionysios (Lys. 1) speaks of two brothers of Lysias. But the pseudo-Plutarch gives him three — Polemarchos, Eudidos (Euthydêmos), and Brachyllos. Blass seems right in concluding from Demosth. Neaer. § 22 that Brachyllos was not brother, but brother-in-law, of Lysias. It is there said that Lysias married the daughter of Brachyllos, his own nieee (ἀδελφιδῆ.) Hence, probably, the mistake of the so-called Plutarch.
12 Plat. Rep. p. 328 D.
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