Dio of Prusa, kwn as Dio Chrysostom, was the foremost orator in the classical world in the first century AD. This new edition, with introduction and commentary, presents three of his speeches, all of which are masterpieces of the genre and are particularly important for the intellectual history of the period. In 'Euboicus' (7), Dio relates his shipwreck in Euboea and hospitable reception by an isolated group of hunters in the mountains, and uses this as the basis of an eloquent discourse on the simple life and the evils of urban societies. In 'Olympicus' (12), he addresses the assembled crowd at Olympia on theological themes suggested by the vast statue of Zeus by Phidias, one of the wonders of the ancient world. In 'Borystheniticus' (36), he recounts a lecture he gives to the people of Olbia, a remote Greek city in southern Russia, on the subject of the true 'city' and the 'heavenly city' which is the cosmos, whose periodical destruction and rebirth he describes in a colourful orientalizing myth. This is the first commentary in English on these speeches, and while it discusses textual and linguistic problems necessary for the understanding of Dio's text, its main thrust is to make Dio more accessible to students through an appreciation of the literary qualities of his orations and the context in which they were delivered.
Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication
Greek, Modern (1453-)
Encyclopedias & General Reference
Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics - Imperial Library