), a Greek orator of Myrleia in Bithynia, contemporary with the orator Demochares and the philosopher Arcesilas, towards the close of the third century B. C.
The chief passage relating to him is in Rutilius Lupus, de Figur. Sentent.
p. 1, 3, where a list of his orations is given.
He also wrote on rhetoric : a work in which he compared the styles of Isocrates and Demosthenes, and said that the former resembled an athlete, the latter a soldier, is quoted by Photius. (Cod. 176, p. 121b. 9, ed. Bekker.)
The remark there quoted is, however, ascribed to Philip of Macedon by Photius himself (Cod. 265, p. 493b. 20, ed. Bekker), and by the Pseudo-Plutarch (de Vit. X Or.
8.25, p. 845c.).
The obvious explanation is, that Cleochares inserted the observation in his work as having been made by Philip. None of his orations are extant. (Strab. xii. p.566
; D. L. 4.41
; Ruhnken, ad Rutil. Lup.
i. p. 5, &c., and Hist. Crit. Or. Gr.
63, pp. 185, 186; Westermann, Gesch. der Beredtsamkeit in Griechenland,