Dexippus (350AD)


Dexippus is also a genus of jumping spiders.
Not to be confused with Dexippus of the fourth century A.D.

Publius Herennius Dexippus (Δέξιππος, ca. 210-273), Greek historian, statesman and general, was an hereditary priest of the Eleusinian family of the Kerykes, and held the offices of archon basileus and eponymus in Athens.

When the Heruli overran Greece and captured Athens (269), Dexippus showed great personal courage and revived the spirit of patriotism among his degenerate fellow-countrymen. A statue was set up in his honour, the base of which, with an inscription recording his services, has been preserved (Corpus Inscr. Atticarum, iii. No. 716). It is remarkable that the inscription is silent as to his military achievements. Photius (cod. 82) mentions three historical works by Dexippus, of which considerable fragments remain:

  1. an epitome of a work by Arrian
  2. a history of the wars of Rome with the Goths (or Scythians) in the 3rd century
  3. a chronological history from the earliest times to the emperor Claudius Gothicus (270), frequently referred to by the writers of the Historia Augusta. The work was continued by Eunapius of Sardis down to 404.

Photius speaks very highly of the style of Dexippus, whom he places on a level with Thucydides, an opinion by no means confirmed by the fragments.

External links

Dexippus' fragments in Dindorf's 1870 Minor Greek Historians Dexippus starts in page 165


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