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English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Marco Ercoles and published on 04/04/2019. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Nessas | Νεσσᾶς Identity: Pauly-Wissowa Place of Origin: Chios Date: 4th c. BCE ↓ To Source List Biography: A native of Chios, Nessas was a student of Democritus1 and the teacher of Metrodorus of Chios2 The name is attested also with the variant Νέσσος (Porph.
ad Il. 9, 378,
Sch. vet. Hes.
Op. 77c Pertusi), but the form Νεσσᾶς, used by Diogenes Laertius3 (9, 58) and Eusebius4 (
PE 14, 17, 10), seems preferable: Diels noted the suspect coincidence of the form in -ος with Νέσσος (or Νέστος), the name of the Thracian river that flows near Abdera, the birthplace of the teacher of our grammarian5; otherwise, we can suspect that this form was generated by corruption in the tradition o…