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Headword: Alexandros ho Milêsios
Adler number: alpha,1129
Translated headword: Alexandros of Miletos, Alexander of Miletus
Vetting Status: high
He was nicknamed Polyhistor ["Very Learned"] and [sc. also] Cornelius, because he was taken prisoner and sold to Cornelius Lentulus, for whom he became pedagogue;[1] he was then freed. He was in Rome at and during the Sullan period. He was burned to death in Laurentum, when his house was destroyed; when his wife Helen learned of what had happened she hanged herself. He was a grammarian, one of the pupils of Crates.[2] This man wrote innumerable books. Also On Rome (5 books), in which he says that there was a Hebrew woman Moso, and the Hebrew law is her composition.[3]
Greek Original:
Alexandros ho Milêsios: hos Poluïstôr epeklêthê kai Kornêlios, dioti Kornêliôi Lentoulôi aichmalôtistheis eprathê kai autôi paidagôgos egeneto, eita êleutherôthê. ên de en Rhômêi epi tôn Sulla chronôn kai epi tade. anêirethê de en Laurentais hupo puros tês oikias phthareisês: kai hê gunê autou Helenê mathousa to sumban apênxato. ên de grammatikos tôn Kratêtos mathêtôn. houtos sunegrapse biblous arithmou kreittous. kai Peri Rhômês biblia e#. en toutois legei, hôs gunê gegonen Ebraia Môsô, hês esti sungramma ho par' Ebraiois nomos.
Born c.105 BC. See generally RE Alexandros(88); NP Alexandros(23); OCD4 Alexander(11); FGrH 273.
[1] The particular Cornelius Lentulus in question is uncertain; there are several possibilities from this era.
[2] [kappa 2342] Crates.
[3] [mu 1349] Moso; cf. Stern 1.163f.
J. Christes, Sklaven und Freigelassene als Grammatiker und Philologen im Antiken Rom (Wiesbaden 1979) 38-42
M. Stern, Greek and Latin Authors on Jews and Judaism 3 vols. (Jerusalem 1976-1984)
Keywords: biography; chronology; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; law; religion; women
Translated by: Malcolm Heath on 7 July 1999@14:27:30.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Altered headword, raised status, cosmetics) on 24 October 2000@00:18:07.
David Whitehead (supplemented translation; added keyword; cosmetics) on 12 June 2002@06:38:16.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 2 August 2006@09:02:16.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 3 February 2012@07:28:32.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 July 2014@08:29:20.


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