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Headword: *)apollw/nios
Adler number: alpha,3419
Translated headword: Apollonios, Apollonius
Vetting Status: high
An Alexandrian, writer of epic poems; spent some time on Rhodes; son of Silleus;[1] a student of Kallimachos;[2] contemporary with Eratosthenes,[3] Euphorion,[4] and Timarchos, in the reign of Ptolemy known as The Benefactor [Euergetes],[5] and Eratosthenes' successor in the Directorship [prostasia] of the Library in Alexandria.[6]
Greek Original:
*)apollw/nios, *)alecandreu\s, e)pw=n poihth\s, diatri/yas e)n *(ro/dw|, ui(o\s *sille/ws, maqhth\s *kallima/xou, su/gxronos *)eratosqe/nous kai\ *eu)fori/wnos kai\ *tima/rxou, e)pi\ *ptolemai/ou tou= *eu)erge/tou e)piklhqe/ntos, kai\ dia/doxos *)eratosqe/nous geno/menos e)n th=| prostasi/a| th=s e)n *)alecandrei/a| biblioqh/khs.
See generally Richard Hunter in OCD(4) s.v. Apollonius(1)Rhodius (pp.121-2), esp. the opening section ('Life').
This translation is the work of Peter Green, and appears also on page 5 of his commentary on the Argonautika: Apollonios Rhodios, Argonautika. Trans. Peter Green. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.
[1] Cf. sigma 412.
[2] See generally kappa 227.
[3] See generally epsilon 2898.
[4] See generally epsilon 3801.
[5] 246-221 BCE.
[6] Here the Suda is probably mistaken: other testimonia indicate that Apollonios was Eratosthenes' predecessor as Director of the Library, rather than his successor. The Suda or its source seems to have confused Apollonios the poet with a later character, "Apollonios the Compiler", named in P.Oxy. 1241, col. ii. See further R. Pfeiffer, History of Classical Scholarship (Oxford 1968) 154.
Keywords: biography; chronology; epic; geography; poetry
Translated by: Peter Green on 20 November 1998@14:42:02.
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Samuel Huskey (Added keyword, web addresses) on 17 July 2000@22:19:30.
David Whitehead (added notes and keyword; cosmetics) on 21 August 2002@06:30:25.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 18 March 2004@08:10:30.
David Whitehead (corrected error (mine) in note-numbering) on 19 January 2005@09:55:19.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 3 April 2012@07:38:30.
Catharine Roth (deleted links) on 5 October 2013@00:12:13.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 July 2014@08:10:52.


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