Athenaeus Naucratis Open this page in a new tab

Athenaeus, the author of the Deipnosophistae, is almost unknown. The Byzantine lexicon Suda (s.v. Ἀθήναιος 731) describes him as coming from the Egyptian city of Naucratis, being a grammarian, and living in the time of the emperor Marcus Aurelius (Digital Atheneus Project).Several of his publications are lost, but the fifteen-volume Deipnosophistae mostly survives.