Ονησίκριτος ο Αιγινεύς (-ήτης) ή Αστυπαλεύς : ο ιστορικός και κυνικός φιλόσοφοςPart of : Παρνασσός ; Vol.ΝΒ, No.1, 2010, pages 105-110
Onesicritus from Aegina of from Astypalaia : the historian and Cynic philosopher
Onesicritus from Astypalaia (or, according to other sources, from Aegina), an ardent disciple of Diogenes the Cynic, accompanied Alexander the Great on his campaigns in Asia. He claimed to have been the commander of Alexander’s fleet but was actually only a helmsman; Arrian and Nearchus often criticize him for this. When he returned home, he wrote a history of Alexander’s campaigns. Onesicritus is frequently cited by later authors, who also criticize him for his inaccuracies. It is, however, clear that these censures are overcharged; and though some of the statements cited from him are certainly gross exaggerations, his work appears to have contained much valuable information concerning the remote countries for the first time laid open by the expedition of Alexander.