Theopompus


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Theopompus

(thē'ōpŏm`pəs), fl. 4th cent. B.C., Greek historian and rhetorician, b. Chios. He studied with the orator IsocratesIsocrates
, 436–338 B.C., one of the Ten Attic Orators. He was a pupil of Socrates and of the Sophists. Perhaps the greatest teacher in Greek history, he taught every younger orator of his time.
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 and became a friend of both Philip and Alexander of Macedon. His pro-Macedonian sympathies often caused trouble with his fellow Greeks. He wrote the Hellenica, a history of Greece from 411 B.C. to 394 B.C., and the Philippica, a discursive chronicle of Philip's life.
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Theopompus

 

Born circa 377 B.C.; died 300 B.C. Classical Greek historian; pupil of Isocrates and opponent of democracy.

Theopompus was a peripatetic sophist. His 12-volume history of Greece, Hellenica, covers the period from 411 to 394 B.C. and was intended as a continuation of the work of Thucydides. The 58 books of his Philippica glorify Philip II of Macedon. Only fragments of Theopompus’ works have been preserved.

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Jacoby, F. Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker, vol. 12. Berlin-Leiden, 1962.
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It was on this account that the kingdom of the Molossi continued so long; and the Lacedaemonians from their government's being from the beginning divided into two parts, and also by the moderation introduced into the other parts of it by Theopompus, and his establishment of the ephori; for by taking something from the power he increased the duration of the kingdom, so that in some measure he made it not less, but bigger; as they say he replied to his wife, who asked him if he was not ashamed to deliver down his kingdom to his children reduced from what he received it from his ancestors?
(20) He also seems to have used part of Theopompus's history.
(8) Gregory Thaumaturgus, "To Theopompus, on the Impassibility and Passibility of God," in The Fathers of the Church, vol.
(16.) See also Theopompus, FGrH 115 F 49 (= Athenaeus12.527a) and F 213 (= Athenaeus 12.532c).
(81) Other comic poets such as Theopompus in [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] K-A 40, and Strattis in his [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] K-A 19, also mock Laispodias for his deformed legs.
(13) Plutarch treats the ephorate as a later addition, albeit one deeply continuous with Lycurgus' constitutional reforms: 'the first ephors were appointed in the reign of Theopompus' about 'one hundred and thirty years after Lycurgus' (7.1).
Eking out an existence through newspaper writing and occasional service to the government of El Salvador, he built himself a house with his own hands and devoted his scholarly efforts to a new--albeit fantastic--project: demonstrating contacts between the Classical world and the western hemisphere, which he identified with the land of Meropis mentioned by Theopompus of Chios (pp.
The accounts by Theopompus and Cratippus extended until Athens defeated the Spartan navy at Cnidus in 394.
The comic poet Theopompus suggests that Agathon was not the only such character.
Of the other works ascribed to the Wonderworker, the Canonical Epistle and To Theopompus stand out.
For an interesting parallel, see the custom Theopompus notes among the Etruscans: `women dine not with their husbands, but with any men who happen to be present, and they pledge with wine any whom they wish' (ap.
(14) I have already attempted to defend Ephorus' contemporary, Theopompus of Chios, on this score: Flower, op.