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Greek rhetorician who lived about A. d. 315, but of whose life nothing is known. He is the author of an elementary introduction to the study of rhetoric, and of a number of fables in the style of those of Aesop. The introduction to the study of rhetoric, Avhich bears the title Progymnasmata (7rpo7v/avcxcr/,iaTa), if considered from a right point of view, is of great interest, inasmuch as it shews us the method followed by the ancients in the in struction of boys, before they were sent to the regular schools of the rhetoricians. The book con sists of rules and exercises. Previous to the time of Aphthonius the progymnasmata of Hermogenes were commonly used in schools ; Aphthonius found it insufficient, and upon its basis he constructed his new work, which contained fourteen progym nasmata, while that of his predecessor contained only twelve. Soon after its appearance the work of Aphthonius superseded that of Hermogenes, and became the common school-book in this branch of education for several centuries. On the revival of letters the progymnasmata of Aphthonius recovered their ancient popularity, and during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries they were used every where, but more especially in Germany, in schools and universities, as the text-book for rhetoric. But by a singular mistake the work was during that period regarded as the canon of everything that was required to form a perfect orator, whereas the author and the ancients had intended and used it as a collection of elementary and preparatory exer cises for children. The number of editions and translations which were published during that period is greater than that of any other ancient writer. (Fabr. BiU. Graec. vi. p. 96, &c.; Hoff- mann, Lex. BiUiogr. i. p. 19,9, &c.) The editio princeps is that in Aldus' collection of the Rhetores Graeci, Venice, 1508, fol. The most important imong the subsequent editions are that of Giunta, Florence, 1515, 8vo., which contains also the )rogymnasmata of Hermogenes ; that of Camerarius, vith a Latin translation, Lips. 1567, 8vo.; of B. larbart, 1591, 8vo., with a Latin translation and totes; of F. Scobarius, 1597, 8vo., and that of J. icheffer, Upsala, 1670, 8vo. The last and best dition is that in Walz's collection of the " Rhetorcs Jraeci," i. p. 54, &c. It contains the notes of cheffer, arid an ancient abridgement of the work by tie Matthaeus (eTrtTOjU?) els to, rijs pviTopiKrjs Trpo- v^i'd(Tfj.a,ra\ and a sort of commentary upon them y an anonymous writer ('avcwvjjlov Trepl tojv rov ^Ooviov Trpoyu/^ao-uaTcov), p. 121, &c., 126, &c. The Aesopic fables of Aphthonius, which are in- rior in merit to those of Aesop, are printed in :obarius' edition of the progymnasmata, and also the Paris edition of 1623. Furia's edition of e fables of Aesop contains twenty-three of those Aphthonius. (Westermann, Ge.scMchle der riech. Beredtsamkeit) § 98, nn. 16—20.) [L. S.] APHTHO'NIUS ('A<p0oW) of Alexandria is mtioned by Philostorgius (iii. 15) as a learned d eloquent bishop of the Maniehaeans. He is mtioned as a disciple and commentator of Mani Photius and Peter of Sicily, and in the form of juring Manichaeism. Philostorgius adds, that >tius had a public disputation with Aphthonius, which the latter was defeated, and died of grief -en days afterwards. [P. S.] APICA'TA, the wife of Sejanus, was divorced him, A. d. 23, after she had borne him three Ldren, when lie had seduced Livia, the wife of
Drusus, and was plotting against the life of the latter. His subsequent murder of Drusus was first disclosed by Apicata. (Tac. Ann. iv. 3,11.) When Sejanus and his children were killed eight years afterwards, a. d. 31, Apicata put an end to her own life. (Dion Cass. Iviii. 11.)
APICIUS. Ancient writers distinguish three Romans bearing this name, all of them indebted for celebrity to the same cause, their devotion to gluttony.
1. The first of these in chronological order, is said to have been instrumental in procuring the condemnation of Rutilius Rufus, who went into exile in the year b. c. 92. According to Posido-nius, in the 49th book of his history, he transcended all men in luxury. (Athen iv. p. 168, d.; compare Posidonii Reliquiae^ ed. Bake.)
2. The second and most renowned, M. Galius ApiciuSy flourished under Tiberius, and many anecdotes have been preserved of the inventive genius, the skill and the prodigality which he displayed in discovering and creating new sources of culinary delight, arranging new combinations, and ransacking every quarter of the globe and every kingdom of nature for new objects to stimulate and gratify his appetite. At last, after having squandered upwards of eight hundred thousand pounds upon the indulgence of his all-engrossing passion, he balanced his books, and found that little more than eighty thousand remained; upon which, despairing of being able to satisfy the cravings of hunger from such a miserable pittance, he forthwith hanged himself. But he was not forgotten. Sundry cakes (Apicict) and sauces long kept alive his memory; Apion, the grammarian, composed a work upon his luxurious labours ; his name passed into a proverb in all matters connected with the pleasures of the table ; he became the model of gastronomers, and schools of cookery arose which hailed him as their mighty master. (Tacit. Ann. iv. 1; Dion Cass. Ivii. 19 ; Athen. i. p. 7, a.; Plin. H. N. viii. 51, ix. 17, x. 48, xix. 8 ; Senec. Consol. ad Helv. 10, Epp. xciv. 43, cxx. 20, De Vit. Beat. xi. 3; Juv. iv. 23, and Schol. xi. 2 ; Martial, ii. 69, iii. 22, x. 73 ; Lamprid. Heligdb. 18, &c.; Si don. Apollin. Epp. iv. 7 ; Suidas, s. v. att'ikios ; Isidor. Origg. xx. 4; Tertullian. Apolog. 3.)
3. When the emperor Trajan was in Parthia, many days distant from the sea, a certain Apicius sent him fresh oysters, preserved by a skilful process of his own. (Athen. i. p. 7, d.; Suidas, s. v. ooTpea.)
The first and third of these are mentioned by Athenaeus alone, the second by very many writers, as may be seen, from the authorities quoted above. Hence some scholars, startled not unnaturally by the singular coincidence of name and pursuit, have endeavoured to prove that there was in reality only one Apicius, namely the second, and that the multiplication arose from the tales with regard to his excesses having passed from mouth to mouth among persons ignorant of chronology, or from the stories current with regard to various gluttons having been all in the process of time referred to the most famous of all. It will be observed, however, that in so far as the first is concerned Athenaeus points directly to the source from whence his information was derived, and connects the individual with an important and well known historical fact, nor is it probable that there is any confusion of names in the passage relating to the