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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  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 question of his possible identification with the grammarian Διονύσιος ὁ μουσικός4, also a native of Halicarnassus, remains open. His collection of Ἀττικὰ ὀνόματα5 (cited in the sources also as Περὶ χρήσεως Ἀττικῶν ὀνομάτων, Περὶ Ἀττικῶν λέξεων, Ἐκλογὴ τῶν ὀνομάτων, Ῥητορικὸν λεξικόν) belongs to the older stage of Atticist6 lexicography7, together with the lexicon of Pausanias8. The work was dedicated to a certain Scymnus9 (Phot.
Bibl. cod. 152, 99b 24-25 Σκύμνῳ δὲ τὸ σύνταγμα προσφωνεῖ; Eustath.
ad Il. 228, 38-45 ἐν οἷς γράφει πρὸς Σκύμνον) and probably opened with an introduction in which the author dwelled on the Greco-Doric10 cultural identity of Halicarnassus and on the relations between Athens and Caria, venturing to affirm that “nothing prevents some Attic words from bei…