Olympiodorus the Elder

Philosopher, Deceased Person

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Who is Olympiodorus the Elder?

Olympiodorus the Elder was a 5th-century peripatetic philosopher who taught in Alexandria, in the late years of the Western Roman Empire. He is most famous for being the teacher of the important Neoplatonist Proclus, whom Olympiodorus wanted to marry his own daughter.

Owing to the rapidity of his utterance and the difficulty of the subjects on which he treated, he was understood by very few. When his lectures were concluded, Proclus used to repeat the topics treated of in them for the benefit of those pupils who were slower in catching the meaning of their master. Olympiodorus had the reputation of being an eloquent man and a profound thinker. Nothing of his has come down to us in a written form.

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Smith, William, ed.. "". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.

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