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6. A Greek rhetorician of Lydia, who lived in the second century of our era. He was a disciple of Herodes Atticus, and taught rhetoric at Smyrna with great success, so that the town was greatly benefited by him, on account of the great conflux of students from all parts of Asia Minor. He died at the age of eighty, leaving a country-house in the neighbourhood of Smyrna, which he had built with the money he had earned, and which he called Rhetorica.


He owed his success not so much to his talent as to his indefatigable industry; and once, when he had composed an ἐγκώμιον πόνου, and showed it to his rival Ptolemaeus, the latter struck out the π in po/nou, and, returning it to Heracleides, said, "There, you may read your own encomium" (ἐγκώμιον ὄου). He also published a purified edition of the orations of Nicetes, forgetting, as his biographer says, that he was putting the armour of a pigmy on a colossus.

Further Information

Philostr. Vit. Soph. 2.26, comp. 1.19.

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