Pamprepios Of Panopolis (440-484)


A poet. He was born in Panopolis (AKHMIM), and studied philosophy in and with the avowedly pagan who gathered around the philosophers of the day (Rémondon, 1952). After a stay in Byzantium, where he rose as high as consul (Asmus, 1913; von Haehling, 1980), he went in 483-484 to Egypt, to win the heathen for the rebel Illus. At the end of November or the beginning of December 484 he died with the rebel.

He ranks as the last pagan poet, influenced by NONNOS OF PANOPOLIS. According to the Suda (Adler, 1967-1971, 4.13.26f.), he wrote Etymologion apodosis and Isaurika Katalogaden. Both works are lost. Fragments have survived of a of a late autumn day and of an Encomium on the patrician Theagenes (Livrea, in Krause, 1979) in hexameters modeled on those of Nonnos.


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