Philinus of Athens

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Philinus (/fɪˈlnəs/; Greek: Φιλῖνος; lived during the 4th century BC) was an Athenian orator, a contemporary of Demosthenes and Lycurgus. He is mentioned by Demosthenes in his oration against Meidias[1], who calls him the son of Nicostratus, and says that he was trierarch with him. Harpocration mentions three orations of Philinus; these are Against the statues for Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, which was against a proposition of Lycurgus that statues should be erected to those poets;[2]; Against Dorotheus, which was ascribed likewise to Hyperides[2]; Judiciary litigation of the Croconidae against Coeronidas, which was ascribed by others to Lycurgus.[3] An ancient grammarian, quoted by Clement of Alexandria[4], says that Philinus borrowed from Demosthenes.


  1. ^ Demosthenes, Speeches, "Against Midias", 161.
  2. ^ a b Harpocration, Lexicon of the Ten Orators, s.v. "theorika". Cite error: The named reference "harp" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ Harpocration, s.v. "koironidai"; Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae, x. 25.
  4. ^ Clement, Stromata, vi. 2.


  • Smith, William (editor); Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, "Philinus (2)", Boston, (1867)
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "article name needed". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.