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date: 29 November 2020

Claudius Atticus Herodes (2), Tiberiuslocked

, 'Herodes Atticus'
  • Ewen Bowie
  •  and Antony Spawforth

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Tiberius (Lucius Vibullius Hipparchus Tiberius Claudius Atticus Herodes) Claudius Atticus Herodes (2), ‘Herodes Atticus’ (c. 101–77 ce), celebrated Athenian sophist and benefactor of Greek cities, ordinary consul 143 ce; friend of M. *Aurelius, whom he taught (along with L. *Verus). A controversial public figure, he quarrelled with Fronto and the *Quintilii brothers, governors of Greece, and was accused of ‘tyranny’ by Athenian enemies (174 ce) before M. Aurelius, whose efforts to reconcile the two parties emerge from a long Athenian inscription published in 1970; his gifts of buildings, above all at Athens (see athens, topography), were not always appreciated by fellow Greeks (see olympia). His declaiming style was straightforward, elegant, and restrained, recalling Critias and influencing a wide circle of pupils. His works included lectures and diaries; only a Latin translation of a *fabula survives (Gell.

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