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Headword: Ἴστρος
Adler number: iota,706
Translated headword: Istros, Ister
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Son of Menandros the son of Istros;[1] from Kyrene or Macedon; historian; slave and pupil of Kallimachos.[2] But Hermippos in book 2 of Culturally Prominent Slaves says that he came from Paphos.[3] He wrote many things, both in prose and as verse.[4]
Greek Original:
Ἴστρος, Μενάνδρου, Ἴστρου, Κυρηναῖος ἢ Μακεδών, συγγραφεύς, Καλλιμάχου δοῦλος καὶ γνώριμος. Ἕρμιππος δὲ αὐτόν φησι Πάφιον ἐν τῷ β# τῶν διαπρεψάντων ἐν παιδείᾳ δούλων. ἔγραψε δὲ πολλὰ καὶ καταλογάδην καὶ ποιητικῶς.
Notes:
Second half of C3 BCE. See generally OCD(4) s.v. 'Ister, author'; FGrH 334.
[1] Or (Kuster) 'son of Menandros the historian'.
[2] kappa 227.
[3] In SW Cyprus. (Modern scholars have preferred this to the alternatives given earlier.) For this Hermippos -- who is not the biographer Hermippos of Smyrna -- see epsilon 3045.
[4] Little survives; most of what does comes from his digest of early Athenian history and institutions.
Keywords: biography; geography; historiography; poetry
Translated by: David Whitehead on 26 August 2001@08:31:27.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 4 August 2003@00:25:10.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 4 August 2003@04:34:06.
David Whitehead (corrected n.1, at the prompting of Tracey Rihll) on 18 November 2004@03:14:48.
David Whitehead (added two notes (= new nn.1-2)) on 16 January 2013@04:40:22.
David Whitehead on 4 August 2014@04:00:16.

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