1. Sud. lex. s. v.: Φιλίσκος Mιλήσιος ῥήτωρ, Ἰσοκράτους ἀκουστὴς τοῦ ῥήτορος. ἐγένετο δὲ πρότερον αὐλητὴς παραδοξότατος, διὸ καὶ αὐλοτρύπην Ἰσοκράτης αὐτὸν ἐκάλει. γέγραπται δὲ αὐτῷ τάδε· Mιλησιακός, Ἀμφικτυονικός, Τέχνη ῥητορικὴ ἐν βιβλίοις β’, 5 Ἰσοκράτους ἀποφάσεις (ἀπόφασις codd.).





Isocratis discipulus sec. vitam Is. (Or. Att. II 4 b 26, p. 257 Westerm.), De Isocrate ipso a comoedis αύλοτρύπης dicto veterum exstat memoria (Meineke, Com. Frg. II 764). Inter technographos Philiscus memoratur etiam a Dionysio Hal. ad Ammaeum p. 259, 5 sq., Isocratis imitator dicitur ab eodem de Isaeo p. 122, 12 sq. et a Cicerone de or. 2, 23, 94. Timaei eum et Neanthis fuisse magistrum tradunt complures. De aetate eius cf. [Plut.] Vit. Χ or. (Lysiae) 836 c: ἐποίησε δὲ καὶ εἰς αὐτον ἐπίγραμμα Φιλίσκος ὁ Ἰσοκράτους μὲν γνώριμος, ἑταῖρος δὲ Λυσίου, διʼ οὗ φανερόν, ὡς προέλαβε τοῖς ἔτεσιν, ὃ καὶ ἐκ τῶν ὐπὸ Πλάτωνος εἰρημένων ἀποδείκνυται. ἔχει δʼ οὕτως·

<νῦν>, ὦ Καλλιόπης θύγατερ, πολυήγορε Φρόντι,

δείξεις εἴ τι φρονεῖς καί τι περισσὸν ἔχεις.

τὸν γὰρ ἐς ἄλλο σχῆμα μεθαρμοσθέντα καὶ ἄλλοις

ἐν κόσμοισι βίου σῶμα λαβόνθʼ ἕτερον


δεῖ σʼ ἀρετῆς κήρυκα τεκεῖν τινα Λυσίᾳ ὕμνον

δῶρα καταφθιμένῳ καὶ στέφος ἀθάνατον,

ὃς τό τʼ ἐμῆς ψυχῆς δείξαι φιλέταιρον ἄπασι

καὶ τὴν τοῦ φθιμένου πᾶσι βροτοῖς ἀρετήν.

V. F. Solmsen, RE. XIX 2, 2384 sq. Blass II2 453.

1 Καλλίππης... φροντίδι                      5 Εἰσοκράτης (et postea τέκοι) minus feliciter Drerup. – 5/6 λυσιδάϊμνον δόντα καταφθιμένων καὶ σόφῳ ἀθάνατον


XXXII. Philiscus

1. (a) Suda on “Philiscus”: he was an orator from Miletus, who learned from Isocrates the orator. However, he first became a most excellent flute-player, which is why Isocrates would call him ‘flute-borer’. He wrote the following works: On Miletus, On the Amphictyonic League, On Rhetoric in two books and Isocrates’ Sentences. (b) Pseudo-Plutarch, Lives of the Ten Orators, Lysias: Philiscus, an acquaintance of Isocrates’ and friend of Lysias, wrote a poem to the latter, from which it is clear that Lysias was older, which is also made clear by what Plato writes. [There follows a poem on Lysias’ death.]

A student of Isocrates according to the Vita of Isocrates (Or. Att. 2.4 b 26, p. 257 Westerm.). On Isocrates himself being called ‘flute-borer’ by the comedians we have ancient sources (Meineke, Com. Frg. 2.764). Philiscus is named among the writers of treatises also by Dion. Hal. To Ammaeus p. 259, 5 f.; he is said to be an imitator of Isocrates by this same Isaeus p. 122, 12 f. and by Cicero de orat. 2.23.94. Many report that he was the teacher of Timaeus and Neanthes. On the time of his life cf. [Plut.] Life of the Ten Orators (Lysias) 836 c: ‘There is an epigram to him by Philiscus, an acquaintance of Isocrates and companion of Lysias, which makes clear that he was more advanced in years. This is also evident from a passage by [the comedian] Plato, which runs as follows:

Now, daughter of Kalliope, talkative Phrontis,

You will show if you have some sense and have something beyond.

For he who has changed into another form and in other

Everyday clothing has assumed another body

You need to give birth to some poem, announcer of virtue,

As a gift for the dead Lysias and immortal crown –

A poem that would show everyone the love of friends in my soul

And all mortals the virtue of the dead man.


See F. Solmsen, RE XIX 2.2384 f.; Blass 22 453.