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Headword: *klei/tarxos
Adler number: kappa,1764
Translated headword: Kleitarchos, Cleitarchus, Clitarchus
Vetting Status: high
[no gloss]
Greek Original:
A proper name. Several bearers of it are known, including several writers -- notably an (?)Alexandrian historian, reckoned to be the source of the so-called vulgate tradition on Alexander the Great. See generally FGrH 137; OCD(4) s.v. Cleitarchus (p.330); and under epsilon 3995.
When Cleitarchus lived and wrote is a matter of dispute. Orthodoxy assigns him a "high" (a.k.a. early) date, in the last years of the fourth century BCE or early in the third. A fragmentary papyrus published in 2007 appears to state that he was the teacher of king Ptolemy IV Philopator (pi 3039), but Prandi [below] does not consider this enough to overturn the accumulated evidence and probabilities for an earlier date.
Luisa Prandi, 'New evidence for the dating of Cleitarchus (POxy LXXI.4808)?', Histos 6 (2012) 15-26 (on-line at the Histos site)
Keywords: biography; chronology; historiography
Translated by: David Whitehead on 30 August 2001@09:47:18.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 16 October 2003@19:08:47.
David Whitehead (modified and augmented note) on 17 October 2003@03:28:42.
David Whitehead on 2 March 2013@07:30:55.
David Whitehead on 4 August 2014@07:05:19.
David Whitehead on 23 March 2016@11:18:37.


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