), of Cyzicum, lived about B. C. 241, and was a disciple of the Milesian Philiscus, who himself had been a disciple of Isocrates.
He was a voluminous writer, principally of history, but very scanty materials have reached us, to form any judgment of his merits.
The various authors, however, that quote him seem, with rare exceptions, to place great reliance on his accuracy and judgment.
He is very largely referred to by Diogenes Laertius, and by Athenaeus, and by several of the early Christian writers, as well as by others.
Vossius (de Hist. Graec.
cap. xv.) refers to several of them, but by far the most complete list is that given by Clinton (F. H.
vol. iii. p. 509).
He gives as the writings of Neanthes:--
1. Memoirs of king Attalus. 2. Helienica. 3. Lives of illustrious men. 4. Pythagorica. 5. Τὰ κατὰ πόλιν μυθικά. 6. On Purification. 7. Annals.
He probably also wrote an account of Cyzicum. as we may infer from a passage in Strabo (p. 45).
Harles (Fabric. Bibl. Graec.
vol. ii. p. 311, vol. vi. p. 134) attributes to him a work περὶ κακοζηλίας ῥητορικῆς
, as well as many panegyrical orations.
Vossius, Clinton, Harles, ll. cc.;
Westermann, Gesch. der Griech. Beredt.