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Eudaemon

(6,390 words)

Author(s): Meliadò, Claudio
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Claudio Meliadò and published on 01/11/2018. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Eudaemon | Εὐδαίμων Identity: Pauly-Wissowa | BNP Place of Origin: Pelusium Date: 4th c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: Eudaemon was a grammarian1 and poet, as well as a contemporary of Libanius2, who was his friend and epistolary correspondent (Lib. epist. 167, 255, 633); he was born ca. 314–324 CE and died before 392 CE (so Kaster 1988, p.…

Orus

(11,372 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: Orus | Ὦρος Identity: BNP Place of Origin: Alexandria Date: 5th c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: The Suda1 , which drew on Hesychius of Miletus’2 Onomasticon3, informs us that Orus, a native of Alexandria, taught at Constantinople; we do not know whether his teaching was connected with an imperial post (cf. K. Alpers, Das attizistische Lexikon…

Attalus [2]

(1,405 words)

Author(s): Meliadò, Claudio
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Claudio Meliadò and first published on 31/10/2017. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Attalus [2] | Ἄτταλος Identity: BNP Place of Origin: ? Date: ? ↓ To Source List Biography: Attalus is a grammarian of unknown origin and date; Maass (1888, p. XXV, and 1898, p. XIII n. 4) reasonably distinguishes him from the more famous Attalus of Rhodes1. Our Attalus was probably the author of a commentary on the Iliad2, in which he treated problems of a…

Heracleon [1]

(5,690 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 11/05/2005. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Heracleon [1] | Ἡρακλέων Identity: BNP Place of Origin: Tilotis in Egypt Date: age of Augustus ↓ To Source List Biography: Heracleon was the son of Glaucus or Glaucon, as we learn from Stephanus of Byzantium1 ( s.vv. Ἀγυιά, Ἀρέθουσα, Κροκύλειον), and a native of Tilotis, an Egyptian village near Heracleopolis; he worked as a teacher at Rome (cf. Su…

Alexion Cholus

(10,168 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 29/01/2005. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Alexion Cholus | Ἀλεξίων ὁ χωλός Identity: BNP Place of Origin: ? Date: Second half of the 1st c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: Alexion, nicknamed ὁ χωλός "the Lame" ( Sch. Il. 21, 282e. 21, 331e), engaged in Homeric1 exegesis: the Homeric scholia that can be traced back to Herodianus2 and the Etymologica3 show his interest in etymological and gramm…

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…

Ammonius [3] Ammonii filius

(3,697 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: Ammonius [3] Ammonii filius | Ἀμμώνιος Identity: BNP Place of Origin: ? Date: 1st/2nd c. CE? ↓ To Source List Biography: Ἀμμώνιος Ἀμμωνίου γραμματικὸς ἐσημειωσάμην: so reads the note found between columns 10 and 11 of POxy. 221 (Pack2 1205 [XII Erbse]; now Pap. Mus. Brit. 1184 = Pap. Lond. 178), a commentary on Book 21 of the Iliad1. The meaning of this …

Philemon [2]

(1,083 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 15/06/2005. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Philemon [2] | Φιλήμων Place of Origin: ? Date: 3rd/2nd c. BCE ↓ To Source List Biography: The birthplace of Philemon is unknown, and the presumed ethnic attested in Sch. Il. 2, 258a1 (κατὰ Φιλήμωνα τὸν Κρητικόν) and accepted by Erbse ( ad loc.1) is probably a corruption: Villoison ( Proll. Il., 1788, p. XXIII2) suggested emending it to τὸν κριτι…

Dionysius [2]

(7,135 words)

Author(s): Meliadò, Claudio
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Claudio Meliadò and published on 01/11/2018. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Dionysius [2] | Διονύσιος Identity: BNP Place of Origin: Sidon Date: second half of the 2nd c. BCE? ↓ To Source List Biography: Dionysius was a grammarian1 who probably lived in the second half of the 2nd c. BCE and whom Sengebusch (1855, p. 30) included among Aristarchus' pupils2. He worked chiefly on the text of Homer3, dealing with textual, prosodic4, an…

Menogenes

(571 words)

Author(s): Novembri, Valeria
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Valeria Novembri and first published on 03/05/2016. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Menogenes | Μηνογένης Place of Origin: ? Date: before 3rd c. CE? ↓ To Source List Biography: According to Eustathius1 ( ad Il. 1, 401, 24-30 [ Il. 2, 494]), Menogenes was the author of a commentary on the Homeric2 Catalogue of Ships in 23 books. We have no other certain information about him. We can hypothesize with Gudeman (1931, …

Tyrannion [1] Maior

(13,790 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 – 01/12/2009. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Tyrannion [1] Maior | Τυραννίων ὁ πρεσβύτερος Identity: BNP Place of Origin: Amisus Date: 1st c. BCE ↓ To Source List Biography: A native of Amisus in Pontus, the grammarian Tyrannion lived in the time of Pompey the Great1, according to the Suda2 (τ 1184), and he died at an advanced age. In the date given by the Suda for his death, ὀλυμπιάδι ριηʹ, ἐ…

Proteas

(967 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 03/04/2006. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Proteas | Πρωτέας Place of Origin: Zeugma Date: ante 2nd c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: A commentator on Homer1, Proteas was a native of the Syrian city of Zeugma (Steph. Byz. p. 295, 12-15 [Meineke], s.v.Ζεῦγμα) and lived in an era that cannot be determined with complete certainty. The lower limit for his date, however, …

Hermias

(603 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 17/03/2008 – 12/03/2010. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Hermias | Ἑρμείας Place of Origin: ? Date: 2nd–1st c. BCE? ↓ To Source List Biography: The grammarian Hermias is known from only one citation in the scholion of Herodianus1 on Il. 16, 2072; this fragment attests his attachment to the Cratetean3 school (Κρατήτ<ε>ιος) and can therefore suggest a dating between the 2nd and 1st c. BCE. His …

Theodosius

(1,335 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: Theodosius | Θεοδόσιος Place of Origin: Alexandria Date: 4th-5th c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: Theodosius was a grammarian native to Alexandria and can be dated to the 4th/5th c. CE because he was a contemporary of Synesius of Cyrene1, who, in a letter to his brother, sends greetings to a θαυμάσιος γραμματικὸς Θεοδόσιος, who is commonly identifie…

Euphranor [1]

(808 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 03/01/2007. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Euphranor [1] | Εὐφράνωρ Place of Origin: ? Date: ante 2nd c. CE? ↓ To Source List Biography: It is hardly plausible that the Euphranor cited in a note of the Herodian1 scholion ad Il. 14, 372a (taken up by Eustath. ad Il. 992, 55–60) should be identified with the celebrated painter and sculptor of Corinth2 (cf. H. Erbse, Scholia Graeca in Homeri Iliadem …

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 …

Astyages

(2,318 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 10/10/2006. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Astyages | Ἀστυάγης Place of Origin: ? Date: ? ↓ To Source List Biography: The grammarian Astyages, whose time period and city of origin are unknown, is named in the πίναξ1 of grammarians contained in some mss. ( Coisl. gr. 387, Vat. gr. 1456, Bodl. Misc. 211, Barocc. 125: cf. H. Rabe, Die Listen griechischen Profanschriftsteller, «RhM» 65 (1…

Parmeniscus

(4,742 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 29/06/2005. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Parmeniscus | Παρμενίσκος Identity: BNP Place of Origin: ? Date: ca. 2nd-1st c. BCE ↓ To Source List Biography: Although we know practically nothing about the life of Parmeniscus, the dating of this grammarian with Alexandrian1 tendencies can be fixed approximately between the 2nd and 1st c. BCE. Against Crates (Πρὸς Κράτητα) was actually t…

Aristeas

(1,623 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 27/06/2007 - 25/07/2011. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Aristeas | Ἀριστέας Place of Origin: Rhodes Date: Alexandrine age (1st c. BCE?) ↓ To Source List Biography: We can recover the native land of Aristeas of Rhodes from a passage of Erotianus1 that lists grammarians who composed lexicographical works on Hippocrates2 (p. 5, 16-18 Nachmanson); it names two figures who were born in Rhod…

Ptolemaeus [3] Aristonici pater (?)

(1,455 words)

Author(s): Boatti, Anna
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Anna Boatti and first published on 23/10/2002. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Ptolemaeus [3] Aristonici pater (?) | Πτολεμαῖος ὁ τοῦ Ἀριστονίκου Identity: BNP Place of Origin: Alexandria-Rome Date: 1st c. BCE-1st c. CE? ↓ To Source List Biography: Ptolemy was (more probably) the father or the son of the more famous grammarian Aristonicus1, as we can gather from the apparently contradictory information we have rece…

Diogenes [3]

(1,243 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 28/06/2014. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Diogenes [3] | Διογένης Place of Origin: ? Date: ante 1st c. BCE-1st c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: Diogenes is a grammarian known only from two fragments, both of them preserved by scholia on the Iliad1 that can be traced back to Didymus2, who thus represents the terminus ante quem. Both fragments refer to his hypomnemata3; one concerns an exegetica…

Philemon [1]

(5,458 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 26/06/2007. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Philemon [1] | Φιλήμων Identity: BNP Place of Origin: Aixone Date: 3rd/2nd c. BCE (?) ↓ To Source List Biography: Philemon was an Athenian glossographer1 (from the deme of Aixone) who is traditionally dated to the 3rd or 2nd c. BCE. He is cited twice by Tryphon2 ( ap. [Amm.] Diff. 405, s.v.πονηρόν and Hdn. Cath. pros. fr. 53 Hunger), who serves a…

Iubas [1] II

(19,881 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 22/11/2006. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Iubas [1] II | Ἰόβας / Ἰούβας Identity: Perseus | BNP | BNJ Place of Origin: Mauritania Date: ca. 50 a.C. – 23 d.C. ↓ To Source List Biography: This Mauretanian monarch and prolific writer, the son of King Juba I of Numidia1 and grandson of Hiempsal2, is now generally distinguished from the metrician of the same name3 (cf. W. Kroll, Iuba [3], RE 9, 2 […

Symmachus [1]

(6,213 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: Symmachus [1] | Σύμμαχος Identity: BNP Place of Origin: ? Date: 1st-2nd c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: The terminus ante quem for the life of Symmachus is furnished by Herodianus1 (2nd c. CE), who cites him in his Περὶ μονήρους λέξεως2 (2, p. 945 Lentz). This date is consistent with the fact that Symmachus rejected the account of the death of the Athenia…

Chaeris

(10,361 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 20/12/2015. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Chaeris | Χαῖρις Identity: BNP Place of Origin: ? Date: 2nd/1st c. BCE? ↓ To Source List Biography: We have no certain information about the life of Chaeris. We know from his fragments that he lived after Aristarchus1, with whom he shares or disputes some philological opinions about the Iliad2, and before Didymus3, who used his writings ( Sch. A Il. 6, …

Lupercus

(3,988 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 06/10/2008. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Lupercus | Λούπερκος Identity: BNP | BNJ Place of Origin: Berytus Date: 3rd c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: Lupercus, a grammarian from Berytus, was born or, more probably, flourished according to the Suda1 a little before the brief reign of the Emperor Claudius II2 (268/270 CE; for the participle γεγονώς as indicating the acmé of a career …

Demetrius [5]

(1,138 words)

Author(s): Ascheri, Paola
Entry Version: This is the English version of this article translated by Patrick Hogan. The original Italian version was written by Paola Ascheri and first published on 05/06/2009 – (02/03/2010). Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Demetrius [5] | Δημήτριος ὁ Γονύπεσος Identity: BNP Place of Origin: ? Date: ante 2° sec. d.C. ↓ To Source List Biography: Demetrius was a grammarian of unknown origin, and information about him is scarce. Herodianus1 (2nd c. CE) mentions him ( Sch. Il. 8, 233b), and this serves as a terminus ante quem and the sole point of reference …

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…

Nicias

(5,165 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 16/06/2005. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Nicias | Νικίας Identity: BNP Place of Origin: ? Date: 1st c. BCE (?) ↓ To Source List Biography: Nicias was a Homeric1 commentator, but we know neither when he lived nor his city of origin. However, we ought to seriously consider the proposal to identify him as the grammarian Curtius Nicias2, a native of Cos (he could have been the tyrant3 of the …

Hermap(p)ias

(2,152 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 27/04/2007. Here is the Italian version of this entry. Grammarian: Name: Hermap(p)ias | Ἑρμαπ(π)ίας Place of Origin: ? Date: ante 2nd c. CE ↓ To Source List Biography: A grammarian named Hermapias or Hermappias is cited many times in the scholia to the Iliad1, in some cases through Herodianus2, who thus serves as a terminus ante quem. The fluctuation in the spelling of his name (Ἑρμαππίας in Sch. Il. 4, 235a1. a2. 21, 331e. 24, 55…
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