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Valerius [2] Diodorus

(3,998 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 21/03/2006 – 29/01/2008. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Valerius [2] Diodorus | Διόδωρος ὁ Οὐαλέριος Place of Origin: Alexandria Date: 2nd c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: Valerius Diodorus was a grammarian born in Alexandria and the son of the lexicographer Valerius Pollio1; he was the author, according to the Suda2 (δ 1150), of an Ἐξήγησις τῶν ζητουμένων παρὰ τοῖς ιʹ ῥήτορσιν, a wor…

Theon [3]

(2,551 words)

Author(s): Rocconi, Eleonora
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Eleonora Rocconi and first published on 14/11/2007. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Theon [3] | Θέων Identity: Perseus | BNP Place of Origin: Smyrna Date: 1st-2nd c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: Theon was a philosopher and mathematician of Platonic1-Pythagorean2 orientation, but we have only a few scraps of biographical information about him. From Claudius Ptolemaeus’3 astronomical treatise known as the Almagest4 (where T…

Dionysius [12] Musicus

(2,118 words)

Author(s): Rocconi, Eleonora
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Eleonora Rocconi and first published on 04/10/2010. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Dionysius [12] Musicus | Διονύσιος ὁ Μουσικός Identity: BNP Place of Origin: Halicarnassus Date: reign of Hadrian ↓ To Source List Biography: Dionysius was a native of Halicarnassus and lived during the reign of Hadrian1. He earned the nickname ὁ μουσικός, as the Suda2 lexicon affirms, because he produced mostly musical works; these h…

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…

Hermogenes

(3,076 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 04/04/2005. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Hermogenes | Ἑρμογένης Identity: BNJ | FGrHist IV Place of Origin: Smyrna Date: 2nd c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: Details about the life and the vast production of Hermogenes are known from an inscription from Smyrna ( CIG 3311 = Kaibel, Epigr. Gr. 305 = IGRom 4, 1445) that should have been his funerary epigraph: in it, after two intr…

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…

Antiochus

(1,132 words)

Author(s): Corradi, Michele
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Michele Corradi and first published on 06/09/2018. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Antiochus | Ἀντίοχος Identity: Place of Origin: Alexandria Date: ante 1st c. CE? ↓ To Source List Biography: A grammarian native to Alexandria, Antiochus is the author of a work on poets ridiculed in Middle Comedy1 (Περὶ τῶν ἐν τῇ μέσῃ κωμῳδίᾳ κωμῳδουμένων ποιητῶν). Athenaeus2 (11, 482c) refers to this work in a list of types of glasses a…

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…

Orion

(27,034 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: Orion | Ὠρίων Identity: BNP | FGrHist IV Place of Origin: Thebes (Egypt) Date: 5th c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: The two very brief biographical entries that appear in the Suda1 (ω 188 and 189) under the heading Ὠρίων probably refer to the same person. The two entries attribute to an author with this name a gnomic collection entitled Ἀνθολόγιον b…

Iulius [4] Vestinus

(2,579 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 21/02/2005. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Iulius [4] Vestinus | Οὐηστῖνος Ἰούλιος Identity: BNP Place of Origin: Alexandria Date: age of Hadrian ↓ To Source List Biography: We know from one epigraphical testimonium ( IG 14, 1085 = OGI 679, an inscription found at Rome on the Via Ostiensis) some biographical details about the career of Julius Vestinus, who descended from a …

Ptolemaeus [4] Chennos

(10,085 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: Ptolemaeus [4] Chennos | Πτολεμαῖος ὁ Χέννος Identity: BNP Place of Origin: Alexandria Date: 1st-2nd c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: Ptolemy, the son of a man named Hephaestion, was nicknamed Χέννος (“quail”) and was a native of Alexandria; he lived, according to the two entries about him in the Suda1, between the reigns of Nero2 ( Sud.ε 2004) and Hadrian…

Valerius [4] Pollio

(1,911 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 15/02/2006. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Valerius [4] Pollio | Πωλίων ὁ Οὐαλέριος Identity: FGrHist IV Place of Origin: Alexandria Date: age of Hadrian ↓ To Source List Biography: Valerius Pollio was an Alexandrian grammarian and the father of the lexicographer Valerius Diodorus1 according to the Suda2. Turner ( Oxyrhynchus, 1952, pp. 91-92) has identified him as the Pol…

Artemidorus [2] Capito

(6,197 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 02/09/2005. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Artemidorus [2] Capito | Ἀρτεμίδωρος ὁ Καπίτων Identity: BNP Place of Origin: ? Date: 2nd c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: Artemidorus, surnamed Capito, worked as a doctor1 during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian2 and dedicated himself in particular to the textual study of the Hippocratic3 works; he prepared an edition of these that di…

Iustinus

(576 words)

Author(s): Russo, Giuseppe
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Giuseppe Russo and first published on 29/06/2006. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Iustinus | Ἰουστῖνος Place of Origin: ? Date: ante 4th c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: A scholion on Lucian1 (25, 48 [p. 118, 7-8 Rabe]) attributes to a certain Ἰουστῖνος the idea that the construction of κατάγνυμι with the genitive (κατέαγα τοῦ κρανίου) is an Ἀττικὴ σύνταξις. Apart from the mention of a Ἰουστῖνος Ἀττικιστής in a scholion of Basil of C…

Dionysius [9]

(2,757 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 20/06/2013. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Dionysius [9] | Διονύσιος Identity: Pauly-Wissowa | BNP Place of Origin: ? Date: ? ↓ To Source List Biography: In the subscriptions of the scholia on the Medea1 and the Orestes2 the ὑπόμνημα of a Dionysius who is not further identified is mentioned as one of the sources of the material combined into the Euripidean3 scholiographical corpus. Nothing more…

Gorgias [2]

(1,119 words)

Author(s): Regali, Mario
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Mario Regali and first published on 09/05/2007. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Gorgias [2] | Γοργίας Identity: Perseus | BNJ Place of Origin: Athens Date: ? ↓ To Source List Biography: Gorgias is an author from Athens whose dating is uncertain. On the basis of the information provided by Pollux1 ( FGrHist 351, 3B, T3, p. 214), Jacoby identifies him with Gorgias the σοφιστής, the author of an Ὀνομαστικόν, and distinguishes him from Go…

Polemon [2]

(1,573 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 22/11/2004. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Polemon [2] | Πολέμων Place of Origin: ? Date: 4th c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: Polemon is a grammarian whom Johannes Lydus1, in the course of a geographical note, mentions as a commentator on Lucan’s2 Pharsalia3: Lydus cites Polemon for the idea that the Epirotes were descended from the Syrians, which evidently appears…

Valerius [3] Harpocration

(1,839 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 23/09/2004. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Valerius [3] Harpocration | Ἁρποκρατίων ὁ Οὐαλέριος Identity: Perseus | BNP Place of Origin: Alexandria Date: 2nd c. CE? ↓ To Source List Biography: The brief biographical entry in the Suda1 lexicon (α 4014) does not go further than describing Valerius Harpocration as an Alexandrian rhetorician and mentioning the title of two …

Aspasius

(8,922 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 08/02/2006. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Aspasius | Ἀσπάσιος Identity: Perseus | BNP Place of Origin: ? Date: 2° sec. d.C.? ↓ To Source List Biography: We have no precise information about when Aspasius lived: his dating to the 2nd c. CE is based solely on the information in his works, like the citation from the Neoplatonist1 Eudorus2 (second half of the 1st c. CE) with regard to some …