Pancrates (Greek: Παγκράτης; fl. c. 140 AD) of Athens, was a Cynic philosopher.[1] Philostratus relates, that when the celebrated sophist Lollianus was in danger of being stoned by the Athenians in a tumult about bread, Pancrates quieted the mob by exclaiming that Lollianus was not a "bread-dealer" (Greek: ἀρτοπώλης) but a "word-dealer" (Greek: λογοπώλης).[2] Alciphron also mentions a Cynic philosopher of this name in his fictitious letters.[3]


  1. ^ Smith, William, ed. (1867). "5. Pancrates". A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. Vol. III. Boston: Little, Brown & Comp. p. 110.
  2. ^ Philostratus, Vitae Sophistarum, 1.23.
  3. ^ Alciphron, Epistles, iii. 55.