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 22/12/2005. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Naucrates  | Ναυκράτης Identity: BNP Place of Origin: ? Date: 2nd c. BCE ↓ To Source List Biography: Naucrates was a direct disciple of Aristarchus1 or a follower of his doctrine, and he is mentioned only in
Sch. Veron. Verg.
Aen. 10, 738, which cites a dialogue by a grammarian named Zenodotus (the Alexandrian2?, or the disciple of Crates3?), involving the
vexata quaestio of the identity between Apollo4 and Παιήων5. The Zenodotus of the Virgilian scholion favored the identification (as also Zenodotus of Mallos did: cf.
Il. 15, 2626; but the fact did not necessarily support the identity between the two, because we do not strictly know what the position of the Alexandrian in the controversy should have been); Aristarchus, on the contrary, denied it (cf.
Sch. Il. 5, 8997). Alexander (
Naukrates [n. 2],
RE 16, 2 , 1954) suggested identifying this Naucrates with the grammarian Naucrates8 who is…