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Caecilius, Longinus, and Photius

Heath, M. (1998) Caecilius, Longinus, and Photius. Greek Roman and Byzantine Studies, 39 (3). pp. 271-292. ISSN 0017-3916

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The main sources of Photius’ essays on the ten orators (codices 259-68) are [Plutarch] Lives of the Ten Orators and, for Demosthenes, Libanius’ hypotheses. A residue of material remains which cannot be assigned to any extant source. It has been suggested that significant sections of this residue are derived, directly or indirectly, from Caecilius of Caleacte. This paper argues: (i) Photius’ unidentified source is an author who cited Caecilius, but who was also willing to comment on and criticise his opinions. Only those passages in which Caecilius is named (485b14-36, 489b13-15) can safely be included among his fragments. (ii) The later author who cited, commented on and criticised Caecilius was the third-century critic Cassius Longinus. (iii) We do not know how material from Longinus reached Photius, or with what degree of adaptation; and we cannot be sure to what extent Photius himself rearranged, abbreviated, paraphrased and added to this material.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 1998 GRBS. This is an author produced electronic version of an article accepted for publication in Greek Roman and Byzantine Studies.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > Classics (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2005
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 21:10
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/393

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