1. A son of Potamon of Mytilene, a philosopher and sophist, who lived in the time of Augustus.
He was a pupil of Timocrates, and the father of Polemon, who is known as the teacher and friend of the emperor Tiberius. (Suidas, s. v.
; Eudoc. p. 283.)
Suidas says that Lesbonax wrote several philosophical works, but does not mention that he was an orator or rhetorician, although there can be no doubt that he is the same person as the Lesbonax who wrote μελεταὶ ῥητομικαὶ
and ἐρωτικαὶ επιστολαὶ
(Schol. ad Luc. de Saltat.
69), and the one of whom, in the time of Photius (Bibl.
Cod. 74, p. 52), there were extant sixteen political orations.
Of these orations only two have come down to us, one entitled περὶ τοῦ πολέμου Κορινθίων
, and the other προτρεπτικὸς λόγος
, both of which are not unsuccessful imitations of the Attic orators of the best times.
They are printed in the collections of the Greek orators published by Aldus
, H. Stephens
, and Dobson
A separate edition was published by J. C. Orelli, Lipsiae, 1820, 8vo.