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Albinus (1), Platonist philosopher

Albinus (1) Platonist philosopher, pupil of Gaius (2). Taught at Smyrna, where Galen heard him lecture in ce 151–2. The only extant writing which is certainly his is a brief preface to Plato's dialogues (Prologos or Eisagōgē), concerned with their classification and the order in which they should be studied. He also published a collection of the lectures of his master Gaius, which has been lost. The attribution to him by J. Freudenthal in 1879 of the Didaskalikos, or ‘Handbook of Platonism’ of Alcinous has recently been convincingly impugned. See alcinous (2).


Plato. Dialogi. Vol. 6, Secundum Thrasylli tetralogias dispositi. Edited by Karl Friedrich Hermann. Leipzig: Teubner, 1853, 147 ff.Find this resource:

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