Horus (athlete)

Horus (fl. 4th century) was a Cynic philosopher and Olympic boxer who was victorious at the Olympic games in Antioch in 364 AD.

He was born in Egypt, son of one Valens; Horus was originally a student of rhetoric and an athlete and was a victor at the Ancient Olympic Games in Antioch in 364,[1] probably as a boxer.[2] Horus was also commended in that year, alongside his brother Phanes, to Maximus praefectus Aegypti, and Eutocius.[3] He later turned to Cynic philosophy.

Horus appears as an interlocutor in Macrobius's Saturnalia,[4] (dramatic date 384) and as a friend of Symmachus who commended him to Nicomachus Flavianus.[5]


  1. Libanius, Epistulae 1278
  2. Macrobius, Saturnalia i. 7. 3
  3. Libanius, Epistulae 1278; 1279
  4. Macrobius, Saturnalia vii. 7. 8; 17. 14, etc.
  5. Symmachus, Epistulae ii. 39


  • Arnold Hugh Martin Jones, John Robert Martindale, J. Morris, (1971), The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, page 445. Cambridge University Press
  • R. Bracht Branham, Marie-Odile Goulet-CazĂ©, (2000), The Cynics: The Cynic Movement in Antiquity and its Legacy, page 396. University of California Press
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