Antisthenes of Rhodes

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Antisthenes (Greek: Ἀντισθένης) of Rhodes was a Greek historian who lived c. 200 BCE. He took an active part in the political affairs of his country, and wrote a history of his own time, which, notwithstanding his bias towards his native island, is spoken of in terms of high praise by Polybius.[1] He wrote an account of the Battle of Lade (201 BC) and was, according to Polybius, a contemporary with the events he described.

It is likely that this Antisthenes is the historian who wrote a Successions of the Greek philosophers which is often referred to by Diogenes Laërtius.[2] He might also be the peripatetic philosopher cited by Phlegon of Tralles.[3]

Plutarch mentions an Antisthenes who wrote a work called Meleagris, of which the third book is quoted;[4] and Pliny speaks of an Antisthenes who wrote on the pyramids.[5]


  1. ^ Polybius, xvi. 14, etc.
  2. ^ Diogenes Laërtius, i. 40, ii. 39, 98, vi. 77, 87, vii. 168, ix. 6, 27, 35, 38, 39, 57; cf. vi. 19
  3. ^ Phlegon, de Mirabil. 3
  4. ^ Plutarch, de Flav. 22
  5. ^ Pliny, Hist. Nat. xxxvi. 12