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Χάρων), literary.

1. A historian of Lampsacus, is mentioned by Tertullian (de Anim. 46) as prior to Herodotus, and is said by Suidas (s. v.) according to the common reading, to have flourished (γενόμενος) in the time of Dareius Hystaspis, in the 79th Olympiad (B. C. 464); but, as Dareius died in B. C. 485, it has been proposed to read ξθ́ for οθ́ in Suidas, thus placing the date of Charon in Ol. 69 or B. C. 504. He lived, however, as late as B. C. 464, for he is referred to by Plutarch (Plut. Them. 27) as mentioning the flight of Themistocles to Asia in B. C. 465.


We find the following list of his works in Suidas :


The fragments of Charon, together with those of Hecataeus and Xanthus, have been published by Creuzer, Heidelberg, 1806, and by Car. and Th. Müller, Fragm. Histor. Graec. Paris, 1841.

Further Information

Besides the references above given, comp. Plut. de Mul. Virt. s. v. Λαμψάκη; Strab. xiii. p.583 ; Paus. 10.38; Athen. 12.520d.; Ael. V. H. i 15 ; Schol. ad Apoll. Rhod. 2.2, 479; Voss. de Hist. Graec. b. 1.100.1; Clint. Fast. sub annis 504, 464.

1 Athen. 11.475c., where Schweighaeuser proposes to substitute ὧροι comp. Diod. 1.26

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    • Pausanias, Description of Greece, 10.38
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