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2. A Pythagorean philosopher, concerning whom absolutely nothing is known.


Moral Maxims (γνῶμαι χρυσαῖ

A collection of moral maxims, called the golden sentences (γνῶμαι χρυσαῖ) has come down to us under his name, and are distinguished for their soundness and simplicity. They are written in the Ionic dialect, from which some writers have inferred, that they were written at a very early period, whereas others think it more probable that they are the production of the age of J. Caesar. But nothing can be said with certainty, for want of both external and internal evidence. Some of these sentences are quoted by Stobaeus, and are found in some MSS. under the name of Democritus, which however seems to be a mere mistake, arising from the resemblance of the two names.


They are collected and printed in the several editions of the sentences of Demophilus. [DEMOPHILUS.]

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