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Headword: Ἀπίων
Adler number: alpha,3215
Translated headword: Apion
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Son of Plistonicus;[1] nicknamed Mochthus ["Toil"]; of Egypt (but according to Heliconius, a Cretan). Grammarian. A pupil of Apollonius son of Archibius;[2] he also attended Euphranor's[3] lectures when he was an old man, more than 100 years old; he was a slave born in the house of Didymus the great.[4] He taught in the time of Caesar Tiberius and Claudius in Rome. He was the successor of the grammarian Theon,[5] and a contemporary of Dionysius of Halicarnassus.[6] He wrote a history organised by nation; and certain other works.[7]
Greek Original:
Ἀπίων, ὁ Πλειστονίκου, ὁ ἐπικληθεὶς Μόχθος, Αἰγύπτιος, κατὰ δὲ Ἑλικώνιον Κρής, γραμματικὸς, μαθητὴς Ἀπολλωνίου τοῦ Ἀρχιβίου. ἠκηκόει δὲ καὶ Εὐφράνορος γηραιοῦ καὶ ὑπὲρ ρ# ἔτη γεγονότος, Διδύμου δὲ τοῦ μεγάλου θρεπτός. ἐπαίδευσε δὲ ἐπὶ Τιβερίου Καίσαρος καὶ Κλαυδίου ἐν Ῥώμῃ. ἦν δὲ διάδοχος Θέωνος τοῦ γραμματικοῦ καὶ σύγχρονος Διονυσίου τοῦ Ἁλικαρνασέως. ἔγραψεν ἱστορίαν κατ' ἔθνος καὶ ἄλλα τινά.
Notes:
Fl. C1 AD. See generally RE Apion(3); NP Apion; OCD4 Apion; FGrH 616. P.Oxy. 5202 (edited with commentary by A. Benaissa) is a copy of an honorific inscription for him, including a detailed c.v./eulogy.
[1] Posidonius, in other sources.
[2] The relationship to [alpha 3422] Apollonius is unclear.
[3] Otherwise unattested.
[4] [delta 872] Didymus.
[5] RE Theon(9).
[6] [delta 1174] Dionysius.
[7] e.g. Homeric glosses.
Reference:
W.B. Henry and P.J. Parsons (eds.), The Oxyrhynchus Papyri vol. LXXIX (London 2014)
Keywords: biography; chronology; epic; geography; historiography; rhetoric
Translated by: Malcolm Heath on 12 June 2000@11:39:26.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (Added keywords.) on 4 July 2000@02:34:40.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 20 August 2002@01:08:38.
David Whitehead (added notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 20 August 2002@04:05:41.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 24 January 2014@05:41:51.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 July 2014@08:36:43.
David Whitehead (augmented primary note, with bibliography) on 6 December 2014@08:51:43.

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