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Headword: Hellanikos
Adler number: epsilon,739
Translated headword: Hellanikos, Hellanicus
Vetting Status: high
Of Mytilene; an historian; son of Andromenes, though others say [he is the son] of Aristomenes, and others [the son] of Skamon; he had a son of this same name [Skamon]. Hellanikos spent time with Herodotus at the [court of] Amyntas, king of the Macedonians, during the time of Euripides and Sophocles.[1] And he overlapped with Hekataios the Milesian.[2] Hellanikos was born[3] about the time of the Persian Wars, or a little before.[4] He lived until the time of Perdikkas[5] and he died in Perperene, which is [sc. on the mainland] opposite Lesbos. He wrote many things in prose and poetry.
Greek Original:
Hellanikos, Mitulênaios, historikos, huios Andromenous, hoi de Aristomenous, hoi de Skamônos: hou homônumon eschen huion. dietripse de Hellanikos sun Hêrodotôi para Amuntai tôi Makedonôn basilei kata tous chronous Euripidou kai Sophokleous: kai Hekataiôi tôi Milêsiôi epebale, gegonoti kata ta Persika kai mikrôi pros. exeteine de kai mechri tôn Perdikkou chronôn kai eteleutêsen en Perperênêi têi kat' antikru Lesbou. sunegrapsato de pleista pezôs te kai poiêtikôs.
c.480-395 BCE. See Phillip Harding in OCD(4) s.v. 'Hellanicus(1)'.
For more information on this important early Greek prose writer see FGrH #4 (vol 1), #323a (vols 3B and 3b Suppl. 1), #608a (vol. 3C); Jacoby, Atthis; Drews, pp. 22-24.
[1] An error for Archelaos, king of Macedon 413-399 BCE.
[2] This sense of the verb e)piba/llw is noted again at epsilon 2020; and see generally LSJ s.v., II.9.
[3] Jacoby (in FGrH #4) substitutes gegonw/s for gegono/ti. The original text would be translated, "Hekataios was born," (instead of Hellanikos) which does not make sense in the context. For Hekataios see epsilon 360.
[4] The original text reads "and a little before". Jacoby substitutes "or" for "and," and I have adopted his reading.
[5] Wrong again; cf. n.3 above. Perdikkas II preceded Archelaos (and Perdikkas III is too late). Probably Amyntas III (reigned c.393-370) is meant. (For this phrase and the preceding sentence see again at epsilon 2020.)
Drews, Robert. The Greek Accounts of Eastern History. Washington, DC: 1973.
Jacoby, F. Atthis Oxford, 1949; rpt. Arno Press, 1973.
Keywords: biography; chronology; geography; historiography; history; poetry; tragedy
Translated by: Susan Shapiro on 9 July 1999@13:54:32.
Vetted by:
Shannon N. Byrne on 20 May 2000@19:01:56.
David Whitehead (modified translation; augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 11 July 2003@08:07:01.
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added reference; rearranged note; cosmetics) on 12 February 2006@15:54:24.
David Whitehead (augmented n.4) on 26 July 2007@08:06:46.
David Whitehead (tweaked translation; another note) on 27 August 2007@05:50:36.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 3 August 2014@07:39:48.


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