3. Of ALEXANDRIA, a Peripatetic philosopher. (D. L. 5.84
There is a work entitled περί ἑρμηνείας
, which has come down to us under the name of Demetrius Phalereus, which however, for various reasons, cannot be his production: writers of a later age (see e.g.
§§ 76, 231, 246, 308) are referred to in it, and there are also words and expressions which prove it to be a later work. Most critics are therefore inclined to ascribe it to our Demetrius of Alexandria.
It is written with considerable taste, and with reference to the best authors, and is a rich source of information on the main points of oratory. If the work is the production of our Demetrius, who is known to have written on oratory (τέχναι ῾ρητορικαί
, Diog. Laert. l.c.
), it must have been written in the time of the Antonines.
It was first printed in Aldus's Rhetores Graeci, i. p. 573, &c.
Separate modern editions were made by J. G. Schneider, Altenburg, 1779, 8vo.
, and Fr. Goller, Lips. 1837, 8vo.
The best critical text is that in Walz's Rhetor. Graec. vol. ix. init.
, who has prefixed valuable prolegomena.