7. Of BYZANTIUM, a Peripatetic philosopher (D. L. 5.83
), who is probably the same as the Demetrius (Id. 2.20) beloved and instructed by Crito, and wrote a work which is sometimes called περί ποιητῶν
, and sometimes τερί ποιημάτων
(unless they were different works), the fourth book of which is quoted by Athenaeus (x. p. 452, comp. xii. p. 548, xiv. p. 633).
This is the only work mentioned by ancient writers; but, besides some fragments of this, there have been discovered at Herculaneum fragments of two other works, viz. περί τινῶν συψητηθέντων δίαιταν
, And περὶ τᾶς Πολυαίνου ἀπορίας
. (Volum. Herculan.
i. p. 106, &c., ed. Oxford.)
It is further not impossible that this philosopher may be the same as the one who tried to dissuade Cato at Utica from committing suicide. (Plut. Cat. Mi. 65