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Zopyrus

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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 10/10/2007. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Zopyrus | Ζώπυρος Identity: BNP | BNJ Place of Origin: Magnesia Date: 4th/3rd c. BCE ↓ To Source List Biography: A person named Zopyrus called the Magnesian (ὁ Μάγνης), who claimed to have read (ἀναγινώσκεσθαι) Homer1 in a version in the Aeolic dialect, is cited next to Dicaearchus2 in a passage of the Anecdoton3 edited by Osann. If the city meant here is Magnesia-on-Sipylus, as Wilamowitz ( Sappho u. Simonides, 1913, p. 96) suggested, then Zopyrus probably had knowledge of East Aeolic. It is probably this Zopyrus who is cited in the Homeric scholia ( Sch. BT Il. 24, 139) for a linguistic explanation of the meaning of εἴη in this context. Jacoby hypothesized that he specifically wrote Problemata Homerikà. It is possible, but not demon…