3. A disciple of Isocrates, who is said by Athenaeus (i. p. 11) to have interpolated the Homeric poems. Suidas (s. v. Ὅμηρος
) attributes to him a work entitled οἱ παρ᾽ Ὁμήρῳ νόμοι
As he is thus known to have been engaged in the study of Homer, it is not improbable that he was also the author of the περὶ τοῦ τῶν ἡρώων καθ᾽ Ὅμηρον βίου
, from which a fragment is quoted by Athenaeus (i. p. 8; comp. Eustath. ad Hom. p. 1270
.) The ἀπομνγημονεύματα
, mentioned by Diogenes Laertius (1.63) and Athenaeus (xi. p. 507), may likewise have been his work, though everything is uncertain. We have further mention of a work on the constitution of Lacedaemon ascribed to Dioscorides (Athen. 4.140
; Plut. Lyc. 11
35), and of another περὶ νομίμων
(Schol. ad Aristoph. Av.
1283; Suid. and Phot. s. v. σκυτάλη
; Eudoc. p. 280); but whether they were the productions of the pupil of Isocrates, or of the Stoic Dioscorides is uncertain.