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Headword: Δίδυμος
Adler number: delta,872
Translated headword: Didymus, Didymos
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Son of Didymus, a fishmonger. A grammarian of the school of Aristarchus;[1] of Alexandria. He lived in the time of Antony and Cicero, and until Augustus. He was called 'Bronze-guts' [Khalkenteros] because of his indefatigable industry with regard to books; for they say that he wrote more than 3500 books.[2]
Greek Original:
Δίδυμος, Διδύμου ταριχοπώλου, γραμματικὸς Ἀριστάρχειος, Ἀλεξανδρεύς, γεγονὼς ἐπὶ Ἀντωνίου καὶ Κικέρωνος καὶ ἕως Αὐγούστου: Χαλκέντερος κληθεὶς διὰ τὴν περὶ τὰ βιβλία ἐπιμονήν: φασὶ γὰρ αὐτὸν συγγεγραφέναι ὑπὲρ τὰ τρισχίλια πεντακόσια βιβλία.
Notes:
C1 BC. See generally RE Didymos(8); NP Didymos(1); OCD4 Didymus(1).
[1] [alpha 3892] Aristarchus.
[2] (Again at chi 29.) Other sources put the figure even higher, at 4000. Another of his nicknames, Bibliolathas ("Book-forgetting"), arose because he occasionally contradicted something he himself had said in an earlier work.
References:
P.M. Fraser, Ptolemaic Alexandria (Oxford 1972) 471-4
L. Pearson and S. Stephens, Didymi in Demosthenem commenta (Stuttgart 1983)
R. Pfeiffer, A History of Classical Scholarship (Oxford 1968) 274-9
M. Schmidt, Didymi Chalcenteri grammatici Alexandrini fragmenta quae supersunt omnia (Leipzig 1854)
Keywords: biography; chronology; ethics; food; geography; imagery; rhetoric; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: Malcolm Heath on 28 June 2000@14:06:03.
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Ross Scaife ✝ (changed keyword, status) on 28 June 2000@14:33:22.
David Whitehead (added note; augmented keywords; cosmetics) on 15 August 2001@10:53:26.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 14 March 2006@03:29:11.
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David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 1 August 2014@07:54:42.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 30 July 2016@19:54:03.

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