2. An Attic orator, a contemporary of Demosthenes and Lycurgus.
He is mentioned by Demosthenes in his oration against Meidias (p. 566), who calls him the son of Nicostratus, and says that he was trierarch with him. Harpocration mentions three orations of Philinus. 1. Πρὸς Αἰσχύλου καὶ Σοφοκλέους καὶ Εὐριπίδου εἰκόνας
, which was against a proposition of Lycurgus that statues should be erected to those poets (s. v. θεωρικά
). 2. Κατὰ Δωροθέου
, which was ascribed likewise to Hyperides (s. v. ἐπὶ κόρρης
). 3. Κροκωνιδῶν διαδικασία πρὸς Κοιρωνίδας
, which was ascribed by others to Lycurgus (s. v. Κοιρωνίδαι ;
comp. Athen. 10.425
b; Bekker, Anecd. Graec.
vol. i. p. 73. 5).
An ancient grammarian, quoted by Clemens Alexandrinus (Strom.
vi. p. 748), says that Philinus borrowed from Demosthenes. (Ruhnken, Historia Oratorumn Graecorum,
p. 75, &c.; Westermann, Geschichte der Griechischen Beredtsamkeit,
§ 54, n. 29.)