Abas (Sophist)

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Abas (Greek Άβας) was a Greek sophist and rhetorician about whose life we know nothing.[1] The Suda mentions two works of his, the Historical Commentaries and the Art of Rhetoric.[2] Photius quotes him, probably from the Historical Commentaries, as saying that the name of the wife of Candaulus in Greek mythology was not Nysai but Abro.[3]

Another Abas wrote the Troica, a fragment of which is preserved by Servius.[4]


  1. William Smith, A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1876, Vol. 1 p. 2
  2. Suda, alpha, 20
  3. Photius, Myrobiblion 190
  4. Servius, Commentary on the Aeneid 9.262