), a rhetorician of Athens, who flourished in the fifth century of our era, under the emperors Marcianus and Leo.
He was a disciple of Heracleon, and in his turn he was the instructor of many eminent men of the time, such as Eustephius, Nicolaus, Asterius, Proclus, and Superianus. (Suid s. vv. Λαχάπης
; Marinus, Vit. Procl.
He is spoken of in terms of very high praise both by Suidas and Marinus, as a man of a noble character and an orator of great popularity in his time. Suidas mentions several works of his, but all are lost, and scarcely a single trace of them has come down to us. Their titles are: 1. Περὶ κώλου, καὶ κόμματος, καὶ περιόδου
. (Comp. Schol. ad Hermog.
in the Rhet. Graec.
vol. iii. pp. 719, 721, vol. vii. p. 930.) 2. Διαλέξεις
, or Disputations. 3. Ἰστορία ἡ κατὰ Κορνοῦτον
: whether this was an historical or a rhetorical work is uncertain, no historian of the name of Cornutus being known. 4. Ἐκλογαὶ ῥητορικαὶ κατὰ στοιχεῖον
, i. e. select passages from the Greek orators in alphabetical order.