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Lupercus

(3,988 words)

Author(s): Ucciardello, Giuseppe
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Giuseppe Ucciardello and first published on 06/10/2008. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Lupercus | Λούπερκος Identity: BNP | BNJ Place of Origin: Berytus Date: 3rd c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: Lupercus, a grammarian from Berytus, was born or, more probably, flourished according to the Suda1 a little before the brief reign of the Emperor Claudius II2 (268/270 CE; for the participle γεγονώς as indicating the acmé of a career …

Diogenianus

(7,987 words)

Author(s): Montana, Fausto
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Fausto Montana and first published on 10/10/2003. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Diogenianus | Διογενειανός Identity: BNP Place of Origin: Heraclea (?) Date: age of Hadrian ↓ To Source List Biography: What little biographical information we have about Diogenianus comes from an entry dedicated to him in the Suda1 (δ 1140), which states that he was a native of a city named Heraclea, with the definite exclusion of…

Nicanor [3]

(10,422 words)

Author(s): Montana, Fausto
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Fausto Montana and first published on 09/01/2006 – 23/09/2009. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Nicanor [3] | Νικάνωρ Identity: Perseus | BNP | BNJ Place of Origin: Alexandria Date: Age of Hadrian ↓ To Source List Biography: The biographical entry in the Suda1 (ν 375) tells us that the Alexandrian grammarian Nicanor, the son of Hermias2, lived in the age of Hadrian3, and it establishes that he was a contemporary of the grammarian Hermi…

Rufus [3]

(2,371 words)

Author(s): Ercoles, Marco
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Marco Ercoles and published on 07/11/2019. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Rufus [3] | Ῥοῦφος Identity: Pauly-Wissowa | BNP | BNJ Place of Origin: ? Date: ante 4th c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: Almost nothing is known about the grammarian Rufus, the author of learned treatises that were extensively used by Sopater (probably the Neoplatonic philosopher)1 in his Various Extracts (Phot. Bibl. 161, 103a 18–20; 161, 103b 7–41; 161, …

Daphitas

(3,727 words)

Author(s): Ascheri, Paola
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Paola Ascheri and published on 04/04/2019. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Daphitas | Δαφίτας Identity: BNP Place of Origin: Telmessus (Caria or Lycia?) Date: 3rd or 2nd c. BCE? ↓ To Source List Biography: Daphitas was a grammarian1 and sophist who was a native of Telmessus and whose dating wavers between the 3rd and 2nd c. BCE. The sources furnish different forms for his name too: Δαφίτας/ Daphitas (Strab. 14, 1, 39 [= C 647], Cic. De f…

Aelius [1] Dionysius

(30,303 words)

Author(s): Montana, Fausto
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Fausto Montana and published on 01/11/2018. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Aelius [1] Dionysius | Αἴλιος Διονύσιος Identity: Perseus | BNP Place of Origin: Halicarnassus Date: 1st-2nd c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: A native of Halicarnassus, like the historiographer and rhetor1 who shared his name and who was his illustrious forefather according to the Suda2 (δ 1174), Aelius Dionysius lived in the age of Hadrian3. The quest…

Euripides

(1,641 words)

Author(s): Pagani, Lara
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Lara Pagani and first published on 20/02/2006. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Euripides | Εὐριπίδης Identity: BNP Place of Origin: ? Date: 5th-4th c. BCE? ↓ To Source List Biography: A figure whose character it is difficult for us to reconstruct, this Euripides was, according to the Suda1 (ε 3694), the nephew of another Euripides2, older than the famous tragedian3 ( Sud. ε 36934; cf. Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmenta, 1: Didascaliae…

Heracleon [2]

(1,718 words)

Author(s): Ippolito, Antonella
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Antonella Ippolito and first published on 03/05/2005. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Heracleon [2] | Ἡρακλέων Identity: BNP Place of Origin: Ephesus Date: ? ↓ To Source List Biography: In the work of Athenaeus1 we find seven citations from a lexicographer named Heracleon of Ephesus, who at one point is mentioned along with Nicander ὁ Θυατειρηνὸς2, and in another instance with a certain Polemarchus (regarding this cf. also Heroti…

Harpocration [2]

(3,819 words)

Author(s): Montana, Fausto
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Fausto Montana and first published on 30/11/2004. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Harpocration [2] | Ἁρποκρατίων Identity: BNP Place of Origin: Argos Date: ca. late 2nd c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: Harpocration was an exponent of Middle Platonism1 and a student of Atticus2. Proclus3 ( in Remp. 2, p. 96, 11-13 Kroll) mentions him among τῶν Πλατωνικῶν οἱ κορυφαῖοι in the era before Porphyry4. Within these restrictions he is…

Epaphroditus

(14,674 words)

Author(s): Billerbeck, Margarethe | Clerc, Didier
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Margarethe Billerbeck and Didier Clerc and published on 01/11/2018. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Epaphroditus | Identity: Pauly-Wissowa | BNP Place of Origin: Chaeronea Date: 1st c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: Biographical information about Epaphroditus can be found in the Suda1 (ε 2004 = T 1-2 Braswell-Billerbeck), which calls him a native of Chaeronea and a student of the Alexandrian scholar Archias2, who directed hi…

Alexander [1]

(7,792 words)

Author(s): Ippolito, Antonella
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Antonella Ippolito and first published on 06/12/2005. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Alexander [1] | Ἀλέξανδρος Identity: Perseus | BNJ Place of Origin: Myndus Date: First half of the 1st c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: Nothing at all is known about the life of Alexander of Myndus, who for a long time was identified with Alexander Polyhistor1. Freudenthal ( Alex. Pol., 1875, pp. 18, 204) first made the distinction betwee…

Zopyrion [1]

(1,184 words)

Author(s): Meliadò, Claudio
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Claudio Meliadò and published on 04/04/2019. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Zopyrion [1] | Ζωπυρίων Identity: BNP Place of Origin: ? Date: 1st/2nd c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: Zopyrion was the author of a glossographical1 work that dealt with names beginning with α-δ; Pamphilus2 carried out a continuation of it (letters ε-ω), which resulted in the Περὶ ὀνομάτων καὶ γλωσσῶν in 95 books, which Diogenianus3 epitomized in 5 b…

Claudius [2] Casilo

(1,830 words)

Author(s): Ucciardello, Giuseppe
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Giuseppe Ucciardello and first published on 09/02/2006. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Claudius [2] Casilo | Κλαύδιος ὁ Καςίλωνος Place of Origin: ? Date: ? ↓ To Source List Biography: A lexicographer of uncertain date, Claudius was identified by Nauck ( Krit. Bemerk., 1868) with the Ἀλέξανδρος ὁ Κασίλωνος cited by the Suda1 (the complete name would then be Κλαύδιος Ἀλέξανδρος ὁ Κασίλωνος), as a student of a similarly obsc…

Soteridas (Soteras)

(2,061 words)

Author(s): Ippolito, Antonella
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Antonella Ippolito and published on 07/11/2019. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Soteridas (Soteras) | Σωτηρίδας (Σωτήρας) Identity: Pauly-Wissowa Place of Origin: Epidaurus? Date: 1st c. CE? ↓ To Source List Biography: The biographical information about this grammarian is preserved in two articles of the Suda, ones probably derived from Hesychius of Miletus1 (σ 875 and 876, s.v. Σωτηρίδας), as well as another article on Pamph…

Ptolemaeus [8] Pindarion

(4,435 words)

Author(s): Boatti, Anna
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Anna Boatti and first published on 23/10/2002. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Ptolemaeus [8] Pindarion | Πτολεμαῖος ὁ Πινδαρίων Identity: BNP Place of Origin: Alexandria Date: 2nd c. BCE ↓ To Source List Biography: Ptolemy son of Oroandes is often also called Πτολεμαῖος ὁ Πινδαρίων, and he lived and worked at Alexandria, where he was a student of Aristarchus1 (he is called μαθητὴς Ἀριστάρχου in Sud.π 3034); this allows us to d…

Oribasius

(10,056 words)

Author(s): Buzzi, Serena
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Serena Buzzi and published on 04/04/2019. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Oribasius | Ὀρειβάσιος/Ὀριβάσιος Place of Origin: Pergamum Date: 4th c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: Oribasius (Ὀρειβάσιος/Ὀριβάσιος), a famous doctor1 and scholar who lived ca. 320-390 CE, has come to be considered the founder of Byzantine encyclopedism in the area of practical literature ( Gebrauchsliteratur: cf. Garzya 1981; Ieraci Bio 1982…

Eudaemon

(6,390 words)

Author(s): Meliadò, Claudio
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Claudio Meliadò and published on 01/11/2018. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Eudaemon | Εὐδαίμων Identity: Pauly-Wissowa | BNP Place of Origin: Pelusium Date: 4th c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: Eudaemon was a grammarian1 and poet, as well as a contemporary of Libanius2, who was his friend and epistolary correspondent (Lib. epist. 167, 255, 633); he was born ca. 314–324 CE and died before 392 CE (so Kaster 1988, p.…

Clemens

(1,392 words)

Author(s): Valente, Stefano
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Stefano Valente and published on 01/11/2018. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Clemens | Κλήμης Identity: Perseus | Pauly-Wissowa | BNJ Place of Origin: ? Date: 1st-2nd c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: We have no biographical information about Clemens. His Latin name suggests to date him in the imperial period, probably between the 1st and 2nd c. CE. Only three citations of Clemens survive in some lexicographical works…

Orus

(11,372 words)

Author(s): Ippolito, Antonella
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Antonella Ippolito and first published on 20/05/2008. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Orus | Ὦρος Identity: BNP Place of Origin: Alexandria Date: 5th c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: The Suda1 , which drew on Hesychius of Miletus’2 Onomasticon3, informs us that Orus, a native of Alexandria, taught at Constantinople; we do not know whether his teaching was connected with an imperial post (cf. K. Alpers, Das attizistische Lexikon…

Archibius [1]

(253 words)

Author(s): Ippolito, Antonella
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Antonella Ippolito and first published on 02/02/2005. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Archibius [1] | Ἀρχίβιος Place of Origin: ? Date: 2nd c. CE? ↓ To Source List Biography: Identifying Archibius with the son of Apollonius Sophista1 would place the former in the 2nd c. CE, but such a situation remains purely hypothetical: cf. F. Montanari, Apollonios [n. 12] Sophistes, N.P. 2 [1996], 884. Cohn seems to favor the identifi…
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