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Apollonius Molon (sometimes called simply Molon), Greekmarker rhetorician, who flourished about 70 BC.

He was a native of Alabandamarker, a pupil of Menecles, and settled at Rhodesmarker. He twice visited Romemarker as an ambassador from Rhodes, and Marcus Tullius Cicero (who visited him during his trip to Greece in 79-77BC) and Gaius Julius Caesar both took lessons from him. Perhaps it is credit of Apollonius Molon's work that Cicero and Caesar, Cicero especially, became revered orators in the Roman Republic. He is reputed to have quoted Demosthenes in telling his pupils that the first three elements in rhetoric were "Delivery, Delivery and Delivery."He had a stellar reputation in Roman Law courts, and was even invited to address the Roman Senate in Greek - an honor not usually bestowed upon foreign ambassadors.He endeavored to moderate the florid Asiatic style and cultivated an "Atticizing" tendency. He wrote on Homer, and, according to Josephus, violently attacked the Jews.

He was portrayed by Christopher Ettridge as the teacher of Caesar's daughter Julia and not Caesar himself in the 2002 TV miniseries Julius Caesar.

References

  • C Müller, Fragmenta Historicorum Graecorum, iii.
  • Emil Schürer, Story of the Jewish People, iii. (Eng. tr. 1886).



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