Who is Proteus?

Who is Proteus?

June 26, 2021 Off By Felso

Greek philosopher who lived between 100 and 165 AD.

Born in the city of Parion in Mysia, Pergrinos Proteus is a cynical philosopher known for setting himself on fire in the Olympic Games.

On suspicion of murdering his father, Proteus fled to Palestine, where he was arrested when he gained an influential position in the Christian community. After his release, he went to Egypt, where he took lessons from the cynic philosopher Agathobulos, and from there he went to Rome.

Expelled from Egypt for insulting Emperor Antoninus Pius, Proteus returned to Greece. Although he was well received here at first, he lost his popularity by humiliating Herodes Atticus, the manager, and said that he would set himself on fire.

Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Omer YILDIRIM’s Personal Lecture Notes. Atatürk University Sociology Department 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade “History of Philosophy” Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook