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date: 28 November 2022


, Platonist philosopher


, Platonist philosopher
  • John Dillon


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.


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