- Philostratus, Flavius
- De vita Apollonii Tyanei libri octo... Eusebius contra Hieroclem q[ui] Tyaneum Christo conferre conatus fuerit [with Latin translations of both works] (Venice): Aldus Manutius, (March 1501); (February 1502) [actually May 1504], woodcut Aldine device on first title-page and final leaf (otherwise blank), with blank leaf h10, quire "Apoll." bound between h and a, title-page slightly foxed, last leaf slightly soiled with paper repair
2 works in one volume, folio (308 x 203mm.), eighteenth-century speckled calf, red edges, rebacked retaining original spine
Philostratus's life of Apollonius was written in the early third century for the empress Julia Domna, in which he describes the life, teachings and travels of the Neopythagorean philosopher Apollonius. Hierocles, a Roman official active c. 300, wrote a treatise comparing Apollonius favourably with his contemporary Jesus; not surprisingly, characters such as Eusebius of Caesarea took exception to this and wrote scathing attacks on Hierocles and Philostratus.
The Giunti edition contains other works by Philostratus or his son-in-law (another Philostratus) and his grandson, Philostratus junior. Icones describes various art works apparently seen in Naples by Philostratus the elder, to which are appended further descriptions of artworks by his grandson and descriptions of statues by the fourth-century Callistratus.