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Headword: Χάραξ
Adler number: chi,95
Translated headword: Charax
Vetting Status: high
Of Pergamum, a priest and philosopher. I found[1] in an ancient book the following epigram about him: "I am Charax, a priest from the venerable heights of Pergamum, where once Telephus, blameless son of blameless Heracles, fought a war against city-destroying Achilles."[2] He is much later than the ones after Augustus. At any rate, in the second of the books he mentions Augustus, as having become Caesar long ago, and in the seventh [book] Nero and the emperors after him. He wrote Greek and [Roman?] histories,[3] in 40 [books].
Greek Original:
Χάραξ, Περγαμηνός, ἱερεὺς καὶ φιλόσοφος: ὡς εὗρον ἐν ἀρχαίῳ βιβλίῳ ἐπίγραμμα οὕτως ἔχον: εἰμὶ Χάραξ ἱερεὺς γεραρῆς ἀπὸ Περ- γάμου ἄκρης, ἔνθα ποτὲ πτολέμιξεν Ἀχιλλῆϊ πτολιπόρθῳ Τήλεφος, Ἡρακλῆος ἀμύμονος υἱὸς ἀμύμων. ἔστι δὲ τῶν μετὰ Αὔγουστον πολλῷ νεώτερος. μέμνηται γοῦν ἐν τῷ δευτέρου τῶν βιβλίων Αὐγούστου, ὡς πάλαι γενομένου καίσαρος, καὶ ἐν τῷ ἑβδόμῳ Νέρωνος καὶ τῶν μετ' αὐτὸν βασιλευσάντων. ἔγραψεν Ἑλληνικῶν τε καὶ ... ἱστοριῶν βιβλία μ#.
FGrH 103; perhaps second century CE.
[1] For such autobiographical touches cf. delta 1182 and the other cross-references there.
[2] Greek Anthology Appendix, Epigrammata demonstrativa 119.
[3] 'Roman' was Jacoby's tentative suggestion to fill this lacuna (left blank by Adler). An alternative, deriving support from Eustathius, is 'Italic' (Westermann).
Keywords: biography; chronology; ethics; geography; historiography; mythology; philosophy; poetry; religion
Translated by: David Whitehead on 28 April 2003@09:17:29.
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