3. Of Soli, is mentioned by Diogenes Laertius (4.58) as the author of a work on Aethiopia (Αἰθιοπικά
), of which a few fragments are preserved in Pliny (6.35
), Athenaeus (xiii. p. 566), and in Cramer's Anecdota
(iii. p. 415). Whether he is the same as the one from whom Plutarch (Plut. Thes. 26
) quotes a tradition respecting the Amazons, and from whom Agathias (2.25; comp. Syncellus, p. 676, ed. Dindorf) quotes a statement respecting the history of Assyria, is uncertain. Varro (De Re Rust.
1.1) mentions Bion of Soli among the writers on agriculture; and Pliny refers to the same or similar works, in the Elenchi to several books. (Lib. 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 18.) Some think that Bion of Soli is the same as Caecilius Bion. [BION, CAECILIUS.]