When the servile Athenians, feigning to share the emperor's displeasure with the sophist, pulled down a statue which they had erected to him, Favorinus remarked that if only Socrates also had had a statue at Athens, he might have been spared the hemlock.
Carneades, practically a 5th-century sophist, is the most important of the ancient sceptics.
FAVORINUS (2nd century A.D.), Greek sophist and philosopher, flourished during the reign of Hadrian.
As a pupil of the sophist Prodicus he acquired facility in public speaking.
DIAGORAS, of Melos, surnamed the Atheist, poet and sophist, flourished in the second half of the 5th century B.C. Religious in his youth and a writer of hymns and dithyrambs, he became an atheist because a great wrong done to him was left unpunished by the gods.