), a Platonic philosopher, who lived at Smyrna and was a contemporary of Galen. (Galen, vol. iv. p. 372, ed. Basil.)
A short tract by him, entitled Ἐισαγωγή εἰς τοὺς Πλάτωνος Διαλόγους
, has come down to us.
It contains hardly anything of importance.
After explaining the nature of the Dialogue, which he compares to a Drama, the writer goes on to divide the Dialogues of Plato into four classes, logikou/s, e)legktikou/s, *Fusikou/s, ἠθικούς
, and mentions another division of them into Tetralogies, according to their subjects.
He advises that the Alcibiades, Phaedo, Republic, and Timaeus, should be read in a series.
This work is published in the second volume (p. 44) of the first edition of Fabricius
; but omitted in the reprint by Harles, because it is to be found prefixed to Etwall's edition of three dialogues of Plato, Oxon. 1771
; and to Fischer's four dialogues of Plato, Lips. 1783.
The authorities respecting Albinus have been collected by Fabricius. (Bibl. Graec.
iii. p. 658.)
He is said to have written a work on the arrangement of the writings of Plato. Another Albinus is mentioned by Boethius and Cassiodorus, who wrote in Latin some works on music and geometry.