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Headword: *parastixi/s
Adler number: pi,449
Translated headword: acrostic
Vetting Status: high
Heraclides Ponticus used [sc. Dionysius' bogus tragedy Parthenopaeus] as evidence, supposedly Sophoclean, in one of his own writings. On learning of this Dionysius confessed what he had done. But when Heraclides went into denial and would not believe him, Dionysius told him to look at the acrostic; and it yielded "Pankalos."[1]
Greek Original:
*parastixi/s: *(hraklei/dhs o( *pontiko\s ei)/s ti tw=n i)di/wn suggramma/twn e)xrh=to marturi/ois, w(s *sofokle/ous. ai)sqo/menos de\ o( *dionu/sios e)mh/nusen au)tw=| to\ gegono/s. tou= de\ a)rnoume/nou kai\ a)pistou=ntos, e)pe/steilen i)dei=n th\n parastixi/da: kai\ ei)=xe pagka/lws.
From Diogenes Laertius 5.92-93. See also Heraclides 11 Schutrumpf.
The headword noun parastixi/s, which occurs in the passage in the accusative case, is a variant of a)krostixi/s.
[1] As D.L. goes on to explain, Pankalos (the Suda's lower-case pagka/lws is corrupt) was Dionysius' lover. (We are left to guess at the lines which generated the acrostic that spelled out his name.) For Heraclides see generally eta 461; for his fellow-citizen Dionysius "the Renegade" (so called because he switched from Stoicism to Cyrenaicism) see OCD4 s.v. Dionysius(8).
Keywords: biography; gender and sexuality; philosophy; tragedy
Translated by: David Whitehead on 23 April 2003@08:02:33.
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