Hermippus of Berytus

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Hermippus of Berytus (Greek: Ἕρμιππος ὁ Βηρύτιος; fl. 2nd century AD) was a Greek grammarian from Berytus (Beirut) who flourished under Trajan and Hadrian. By birth he was a slave, but having become the disciple of Philo of Byblos, he was recommended by him to Herennius Severus, and attained to great eminence by his eloquence and learning.[1] He wrote many works, among which were an account of dreams in five books,[2] and a book Περὶ Ἑβδομάδος.[3] He wrote a work on famous slaves,[4] which included Parthenius of Nicaea.[5] He is also quoted by Clement of Alexandria,[6] and by Stephanus of Byzantium.[7]


  1. ^ Suda, Hermippus
  2. ^ Tertullian, De Anima, 46
  3. ^ Clement of Alexandria, Stromata, vi.
  4. ^ Suda, Istros
  5. ^ J. L. Lightfoot, (1999), Parthenius of Nicaea: the poetical fragments and the Erotika pathemata, page 9. Oxford University Press
  6. ^ Clement of Alexandria, Stromata, i.
  7. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium, Pabenna