Conon (mythographer)

Conon (Greek: Κόνων, gen.: Κόνωνος) was a Greek grammarian and mythographer[1] of the age of Augustus (who lived 63 BC - 14 AD), the author of a work titled Διηγήσεις (Narrations), addressed to Archelaus Philopator, king of Cappadocia. It was a collection of fifty narratives relating to the mythical and heroic period, and especially the foundation of colonies.

An epitome of the work was preserved in the Bibliotheca of Photius, the 9th-century patriarch of Constantinople.[2] Photius commends Conon's Attic style, and remarks that Nicolaus Damascenus borrowed much from him.[3] There are separate editions of this abstract by Gale;[4] by Teucher;[5] and Kanne.[6]

Dion Chrysostom[7] mentions a rhetorician of this name, who may possibly be identical.


  1. ^ Malcolm Brown (2004). The Narratives of Konon: Text, Translation and Commentary on the Diegeseis. ISBN 3-598-77712-4
  2. ^ Photius I of Constantinople, Bibliotheca, Codex 186. Translated by Brady Kiesling.
  3. ^ Photius, Bibliotheca, Cod. 189.
  4. ^ Histor. Poet. Script, p. 241, &c., Paris, 1675
  5. ^ Lips. 1794 and 1802.
  6. ^ Göttingen 1798.
  7. ^ Or. xviii. torn. i. p. 480.


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