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Headword: Σωσίθεος
Adler number: sigma,860
Translated headword: Sositheos, Sositheus
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Syracusan or Athenian, but more likely Alexandrian from Alexandria Troas.[1] One of the Pleiad.[2] Rival of the tragedian Homer,[3] the son of the Byzantine [woman] Myro.[4] Flourished in the 164th Olympiad.[5] He wrote poems and prose.[6]
Greek Original:
Σωσίθεος, Συρακούσιος ἢ Ἀθηναῖος, μᾶλλον δὲ Ἀλεξανδρεὺς τῆς Τρωϊκῆς Ἀλεξανδρείας: τῶν τῆς Πλειάδος εἷς, ἀνταγωνιστὴς Ὁμήρου τοῦ τραγικοῦ τοῦ υἱοῦ Μυροῦς τῆς Βυζαντίας: ἀκμάσας κατὰ τὴν ρξδ# Ὀλυμπιάδα: γράψας δὲ καὶ ποιήματα καὶ καταλογάδην.
Notes:
OCD4 Sositheus; Kleine Pauly Sositheos; TrGF 99.
[1] OCD4 Alexandria(7); Barrington Atlas map 56 grid C2.
[2] See generally R. Pfeiffer, History of Classical Scholarship (Oxford 1968) 119, 160-1; and cf. alpha 1127, delta 1169, lambda 827, omicron 253, sigma 863, phi 358.
[3] omicron 253: Homer of Byzantium.
[4] mu 1464: Myro.
[5] So the transmitted numeral, which equates to 124-121 BCE -- but wrongly. There is a standard emendation here to '124th', i.e. 284-281 BCE; cf. omicron 253. Only Adler's textual conservatism inhibited her from printing it.
[6] A tragedy titled Aethlios is known, as is a satyr play titled Daphnis or Lityersis (of which 21 lines are preserved). In a sepulchral epigram Dioscorides (Greek Anthology 7.707) praises Sositheus for rejuvenating satyric drama.
Keywords: biography; chronology; epic; geography; poetry; tragedy; women
Translated by: Chad Schroeder on 14 October 2004@14:15:39.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (minor modification to translation; augmented headword, notes, keywords; cosmetics) on 15 October 2004@03:14:47.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; expanded n.5) on 14 October 2010@07:16:41.
David Whitehead on 31 December 2013@04:39:07.
David Whitehead (updated 2 refs) on 2 August 2014@11:12:29.
David Whitehead (coding) on 26 May 2016@06:07:39.

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