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Headword: *)ale/candros o( *milh/sios
Adler number: alpha,1129
Translated headword: Alexandros of Miletos, Alexander of Miletus
Vetting Status: high
He was nicknamed Polyhistor ["Very Learned"] and [sc. also] Cornelius, because he was taken prisoner and sold to Cornelius Lentulus, for whom he became pedagogue;[1] he was then freed. He was in Rome at and during the Sullan period. He was burned to death in Laurentum, when his house was destroyed; when his wife Helen learned of what had happened she hanged herself. He was a grammarian, one of the pupils of Crates.[2] This man wrote innumerable books. Also On Rome (5 books), in which he says that there was a Hebrew woman Moso, and the Hebrew law is her composition.[3]
Greek Original:
*)ale/candros o( *milh/sios: o(\s *polui/+stwr e)peklh/qh kai\ *kornh/lios, dio/ti *kornhli/w| *lentou/lw| ai)xmalwtisqei\s e)pra/qh kai\ au)tw=| paidagwgo\s e)ge/neto, ei)=ta h)leuqerw/qh. h)=n de\ e)n *(rw/mh| e)pi\ tw=n *su/lla xro/nwn kai\ e)pi\ ta/de. a)nh|re/qh de\ e)n *laurentai=s u(po\ puro\s th=s oi)ki/as fqarei/shs: kai\ h( gunh\ au)tou= *(ele/nh maqou=sa to\ sumba\n a)ph/gcato. h)=n de\ grammatiko\s tw=n *kra/thtos maqhtw=n. ou(=tos sune/graye bi/blous a)riqmou= krei/ttous. kai\ *peri\ *(rw/mhs bibli/a e#. e)n tou/tois le/gei, w(s gunh\ ge/gonen *)ebrai/a *mwsw/, h(=s e)sti su/ggramma o( par' *)ebrai/ois no/mos.
Born c.105 BC. See generally RE Alexandros(88); NP Alexandros(23); OCD4 Alexander(11); FGrH 273.
[1] The particular Cornelius Lentulus in question is uncertain; there are several possibilities from this era.
[2] [kappa 2342] Crates.
[3] [mu 1349] Moso; cf. Stern 1.163f.
J. Christes, Sklaven und Freigelassene als Grammatiker und Philologen im Antiken Rom (Wiesbaden 1979) 38-42
M. Stern, Greek and Latin Authors on Jews and Judaism 3 vols. (Jerusalem 1976-1984)
Keywords: biography; chronology; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; law; religion; women
Translated by: Malcolm Heath on 7 July 1999@14:27:30.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Altered headword, raised status, cosmetics) on 24 October 2000@00:18:07.
David Whitehead (supplemented translation; added keyword; cosmetics) on 12 June 2002@06:38:16.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 2 August 2006@09:02:16.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 3 February 2012@07:28:32.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 July 2014@08:29:20.


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