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PHAEAX (*«&£), a celebrated architect of Agrigentura, who flourished about 01. 75, b.c. 480, and executed several important public works for his native city. Among the most remarkable of these works were the sewers (inr6vofjioi)t which were named, after the .architect, <£aia/ces. (Diod. xi. 25.) [P.S.J

PHAEDIMA (*ai5ff«7), a Persian lady, daugh­ ter of Otanes, was one of the wives of Cambyses and of Smerdis the Magian. Instigated by her father, she discovered one night, while he was asleep, that Smerdis had lost his ears ; and thus she con­ firmed the suspicion of Otanes, that he was not as he pretended to be, Smerdis, the son of Cyrus. (Her. iii. 68, 69.) [otanes.] [E. E.]

PHAEDIMUS (*atoijios), the name of two mythical personages, the one a son of Amphion and Niobe (Apollod. iii. 5. § 6), and the other a king of the Sidonians, who hospitably received Menelaus on his return from Troy. (Horn, Od. xv. 117.) [L.S.]

PHAEDIMUS (*cu'5ijuos), was one of the Thirty Tyrants, according to the common reading of a passage in Demosthenes (de Fals. Leg. p. 402.) The name, as given by Xenophon (Hell. ii. 3. § 2), is Phaedrias. [E. E.]

PHAEDIMUS (*ai'8ijuos), an epigrammatic poet, four of whose epigrams are contained in the Greek Anthology (Brunck, Anal. vol. i. p. 261 ; Jacobs, Anih. Graec. vol. i. p. 192.) He lived earlier than Meleager, in whose Garland his verses had a place (v. 52). We learn from Ste-phanus that he was a native of Bisanthe in Macedonia, or, according to others, of Amastris or Cromna, in Paphlagonia. (Steph. Byz. s. v. EiffavdT].) One of his epigrams is inscribed Ef\(ravrivov in the Palatine and Planudean An­thologies. He also perhaps wrote an epic poem en­titled Herackia, for Athenaeus (xi. p. 498, e.) quotes an hexameter line from Phaedimus, ev irpwTty 'HpaKAefccs. (Schweigh. ad loc.) [P. S.]

PHAEDON (<£cu8«;>), a Greek philosopher of some celebrity. He was a native of Elis, and of high birth. He was taken prisoner in his youth, and passed into the hands of an Athenian slave dealer ; and being of considerable personal beauty (Plat. Phaed. c. 38) was compelled to prostitute himself. (Diog. Laert. ii. 105 ; Suid. s. v. 4>ai<W; A. Gellius, N. A. ii. 18.) The occasion on which he was taken prisoner was no doubt the war be­tween Sparta ^and Elis, in which the Lacedaemo­nians were joined by the Athenians, which was car­ried on in the years b. c. 401, 400. (Clinton, s.a.) The reading 'IvScai' in Suidas is of course an error. The later date assigned for the war by Krtiger and others is manifestly erroneous. (See Clinton, Fasti Hellen. vol. ii. p. 220, ed. 3.) So that it would be in the summer of b.c. 400 that Phaedon was brought to Athens. A year would thus remain for his acquaintance with Socrates, to whom he at­tached himself. According to Diogenes Laertius (/. c.) he ran away from his master to Socrates, and was ransomed by one of the friends of the latter. Suidas says, that he was accidentally present at a conversation with Socrates, and besought him to effect his liberation. Various accounts mentioned Alcibiades, Criton, or Cebes, as the person who ransomed him. (Diog. Laert.; Suid.; A. Gell. I.e.) Alcibiades, however, was not at Athens at the time. Cebes is stated to have been on terms of intimate friendship with Phaedon, and to have in-


strueted him in philosophy. Phaedon was present at the death of Socrates, while he was still quite a youth. From the mention of his long hair (Plat. I.e.) it would seem that he was not eighteen years of age at the time, as at that age it was customary to cease wearing the hair long. (Becker, ChariMes, ii. p. 382.) That Phaedon was on terms of friend­ship with Plato appears likely from the mode in which he is introduced in the dialogue which takes its name from him. Other stories that were cur­rent in the schools spoke of their relation as being that of enmity rather than friendship. (Athen. xi. pp. 505, 507, c.) In the former passage Athenaeus says, that neither Gorgias nor Phaedon would acknowledge the least of what Plato attributed to them in the dialogues that bore their names.) Several philosophers were ungenerous enough to reproach Phaedon with his previous condition, as Hieronymus (Diog. Laert. I.e.), and Epicurus (Cic. de Nat. Deor. i. 33. § 93). Besides Plato Aeschines named one of his dialogues after Phaedon. (Suid. s. v. AiV%tVrjy.)

Phaedon appears to have lived in Athens some time after the death of Socrates. He then re­ turned to Elis, where he became the founder of a school of philosophy. Anchipylus and Moschus are mentioned among his disciples. (Diog. Laert. ii. 126.) He was succeeded by Pleistanus (Diog. Laert. ii. 105), after whom the Elean school was merged in the Eretrian. [menedemus.] Of the doctrines of Phaedon nothing is known, except as they made their appearance in the philosophy of Menedemus. Nothing can safely be inferred re­ specting them from the Phaedon of Plato. None of Phaedon's writings have come down to us. They were in the form of dialogues. There was some doubt in antiquity as to which were genuine, and which were not. Panaetius attempted a criti­ cal separation of the two classes (Diog. Laert. ii. 64) ; and the Zooirvpos and the Sfyiw*/ were ac­ knowledged to be genuine. Besides these Dio­ genes Laertius (ii. 105) mentions as of doubtful authenticity the Nt/aas, M??&ios, 'Aim'uaxos ^ Trpeo"- rcu, and ^KvdiKol \6yot. Besides these Suidas mentions the 2tju/-uas, 'AA.KtgiaSrjs, and KpiroAaos. It was probably from the Zopyrus that the inci­ dent alluded to by Cicero (de Fato, 5, Tusc. Disp. iv. 37. § 80), Maximus Tyr. (xxxi. 3), and others, was derived. Seneca (Ep. 94. 41) has a translation of a short passage from one of his pieces. (Fabric. Bibl. Gr. vol. ii. p. 717 ; Schb'll, Gescli. der Griech. Lit. vol. i. p. 475 ; Preller in Ersch and Gruber's Encycl.) [C. P. M.]

PHAEDRA (*ai5pa), a daughter of Minos by Pasiphae or Crete, and the wife of Theseus. (Apollod. iii. 1. § 2.) She was the stepmother of Hippolytus, the son of Theseus, by Antiope or Hip- poly te, and having fallen in love with him he re­ pulsed her, whereupon she calumniated him before Theseus. After the death of Hippolytus, his in­ nocence became known to his father, and Phaedra made away with herself. (Horn. Od. xi. 325 ; Eurip. Hippol.; compare theseus and hippoly­ tus.) [L. S.J

PHAEDRIAS (4>ai6>'as), is mentioned by Xenophon (Hell. ii. 3. § 2), as one of the Thirty Tyrants. [phaedimus.] [E. E.]

PHAEDRUS (*alfyos). 1. An Athenian, the son of Pythocles, of the deme Myrrhinus (Plat. Phaedr. p. 244). He was a friend of Plato (Diog. Laert. iii. 29), by whom he is introduced in the

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