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Apsines of Gadara (Greek: ? ; fl. 3rd century AD) was a Greek rhetorician. He was a native of the Hellenised city of Gadara,[1] whose ruins stand today at the border of Jordan with Syria and Israel. Apsines went on to study at Smyrna and taught at Athens, gaining such a reputation that he was raised to the consulship by the emperor Maximinus. He was a rival of Fronto of Emesa, and a friend of Philostratus, the author of the Lives of the Sophists, who praises his wonderful memory and accuracy.[2]

Two rhetorical treatises by him are extant:

  1. His ("Art of Rhetoric") is a greatly interpolated handbook of rhetoric, a considerable portion being taken from the Rhetoric of Longinus[2] and other material from Hermogenes;

an English translation was first published in 1997. Malcolm Heath has argued (APJ 1998) that the work's attribution to Apsines is incorrect.

  1. A smaller work, ? ("on Propositions maintained figuratively").[2]



  1. ^ Blank, David, "Philodemus", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2019 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), accessed 3 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b c  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Apsines". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 232.
  • Hammer, De Apsine Rhetore (1876)
  • Volkmann, Letorile der Griechen und Romer (1885)

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