Hermippus of Berytus

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Hermippus of Berytus, also known as Hermippus Berytius or Hermippus the Berytian[1] (Greek: Ἕρμιππος ὁ Βηρύτιος; fl. 2nd century AD) was a Greek grammarian from Berytus (modern-day 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.[2] He wrote many works, among which were an account of dreams in five books,[3] and a book Περὶ Ἑβδομάδος.[4] He wrote a work on famous slaves,[5] which included Parthenius of Nicaea.[6] He is also quoted by Clement of Alexandria,[7] and by Stephanus of Byzantium.[8]


  1. ^ Hayes, Charles (1736). A Vindication of the History of the Septuagint: From the Misrepresentations of the Learned Scaliger, Dupin, Dr. Hody, Dr. Prideaux, and Other Modern Criticks.
  2. ^ Suda, Hermippus
  3. ^ Tertullian, De Anima, 46
  4. ^ Clement of Alexandria, Stromata, vi.
  5. ^ Suda, Istros
  6. ^ J. L. Lightfoot, (1999), Parthenius of Nicaea: the poetical fragments and the Erotika pathemata, page 9. Oxford University Press
  7. ^ Clement of Alexandria, Stromata, i.
  8. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium, Pabenna