2. Of Alabanda, a celebrated rhetorician, who lived shortly before the time of Cicero.
He and his brother Hierocles taught rhetoric at Rhodes, where the orator M. Antonius heard them, about B. C. 94. They both belonged to the Asiatic or florid school of eloquence, which was distinguished more for pomp and elegance of diction, than for precision of thought.
But the two brothers enjoyed extraordinary reputation, for Cicero says that they were imitated by all Asia. (Cic. Brut. 95
69, de Orat.
2.23; Strab. xiv. p.661