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A. Alexandrian period

Greek lexicography begins in the Alexandrian period (3rd cent. BC) as a further development of glossography. The Alexandrian period in particular is the time at which collections of ‘glosses’ (difficult words) are compiled, such as the Ἄτακτοι γλῶσσαι (Átaktoi glôssai) by Philitas, the Γλῶσσαι (Glôssai) by Simias of Rhodes, and one by Zenodotus of Ephesus (all of them 3rd cent. BC). These collections presuppose the intention to explain special expressions in loc…

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Tosi, Renzo (Bologna), “Lexicography”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 28 March 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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