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Headword: Πείσανδρος
Adler number: pi,1466
Translated headword: Pisander, Peisander, Peisandros
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Son of the poet Nestor;[1] a Larandian or Lukanian.[2] He lived in the time of emperor Alexander the son of Mamaea,[3] [and was] himself an epic poet also.[4] He wrote an ornate history in epic verse which he entitled Heroic Marriages of the Gods[5] in 60 books;[6] and other works in prose.
Greek Original:
Πείσανδρος, Νέστορος τοῦ ποιητοῦ υἱός, Λαρανδεὺς ἢ Λυκάνιος, γεγονὼς ἐπὶ Ἀλεξάνδρου βασιλέως, τοῦ Μαμαίας παιδός, ἐποποιὸς καὶ αὐτός. ἔγραψεν ἱστορίαν ποικίλην δι' ἐπῶν, ἣν ἐπιγράφει Ἡραϊκῶν Θεογαμιῶν ἐν βιβλίοις ξ#: καὶ ἄλλα καταλογάδην.
Notes:
See generally R.L. Hunter in OCD4 s.v. Pisander(3).
[1] See nu 261.
[2] Laranda was in Lycaonia, in present-day Turkey (Barrington Atlas map 66 grid C2). The alternative here, transmitted as 'Lukanian', is probably corrupt: read Lykaonian (Gaisford) or Lykian (Kuster).
[3] The Roman emperor Severus Alexander, son of Julia Mamaea, ruled 222-235 CE; see generally alpha 1124.
[4] That is, as was his namesake Pisander, son of Piso, in the previous entry pi 1465. Both these entries have been taken over from the earlier lexicon of Hesychius.
[5] The title signifies sexual liaisons between heroes and gods. Keydell (see Bibliography) describes it as "das umfangreichste Epos der griechischen Literatur".
[6] The alphabetic numeral ξ is transmitted. In the Suda editio princeps it is emended to ἕξ , i.e. 6, but modern scholars tend to accept it.
References:
Eitrem, S. 'Theogamia' in RE 5A.2, cols.1968-1969
Keydell, R. 'Peisandros(12)' in RE 19.1, cols.145-146
Keywords: biography; chronology; epic; gender and sexuality; geography; historiography; meter and music; poetry
Translated by: Tony Natoli on 15 May 2003@18:36:22.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented headword; added x-ref; cosmetics) on 16 May 2003@04:10:41.
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