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Philinus of Athens

Philinus (/fɪˈlnəs/; Greek: Φιλῖνος; lived during the 4th century BC) was an Athenian orator, a contemporary of Demosthenes and Lycurgus.[1] He is mentioned by Demosthenes in his oration against Meidias,[2] who calls him the son of Nicostratus, and says that he was trierarch with him. Harpocration mentions three orations of Philinus. These are Against the statues of Sophocles and Euripides,[3] which was against a proposition of Lycurgus that statues should be erected to those poets;[1] Against Dorotheus,[4] which was ascribed likewise to Hyperides;[1] Judiciary litigation of the Croconidae against the Coeronidae, which was ascribed by others to Lycurgus.[5] An ancient grammarian, quoted by Clement of Alexandria[6], says that Philinus borrowed from Demosthenes.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Smith, William (1867) [1844]. ""Philinus (2)"". In Smith, William (ed.). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. Vol. III. Boston: Little, Brown and co. p. 268.
  2. ^ Demosthenes, Speeches, "Against Midias", 161.
  3. ^ Harpocration. ""theorika"". Lexicon of the Ten Orators.
  4. ^ Harpocration. ""epi korres"". Lexicon of the Ten Orators.
  5. ^ Harpocration, s.v. "koironidai"; Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae, x. 25.
  6. ^ Clement, Stromata, vi. 2.


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