Batrachus (Batrachos), a Lacedaemonian sculptor and architect of the time of Augustus. Pliny (H. N. xxxvi. 5. s. 14) relates, that Batrachus and Sauras (Frog and Lizard), who were both very rich, built at their own expense two temples in Rome, one to Jupiter and the other to Juno, hoping they would be allowed to put their names in the inscription of the temples (inscriptionem sperantes). But being denied this, they made the figures of a frog and a lizard in the convolutions of the Ionic capitals (in columnarum spiris, comp. Thiersch, Epoch. Anm.) That this tale is a mere fall founded on nothing but the appearance of the two figures on the columns, scarcely needs to be remarked.
This text is from: A dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, 1873 (ed. William Smith). Cited Sep 2005 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks
Demetrius. An Epicurean philosopher, and a disciple of Protarchus, was a native of Laconia. (Diog. Laert. x. 26; Strab. xiv.; Sext. Empir. Pyrrhon. Hypoth., with the note of Fabric.)
Diophantus. Of Lacedaemon, is quoted by Fulgentius (Mythol. i. 1) as the author of a work
on Antiquities, in fourteen books, and on the worship of the gods. Whether he
is the same as the geographer, Diophantus, who wrote a description of the northern
countries (Phot. Bibl. Cod. 250), which is also quoted by Stephanus of Byzantium
(s. v. Abioi), or the Diophantus who wrote a work politika (Steph. Byz. s. v.
Libustinoi), cannot be decided.
Euryleon. A commander of the Lacedaemonians in their first war against the Messenians. He was of Theban extraction, and a descendant of Cadmus. (Paus. iv. 7.3.)
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