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Headword: Ἰάσων
Adler number: iota,52
Translated headword: Jason, Iason
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Son of Menecrates; from Nysa[1] on his father's side, but from Rhodes on his mother's side. Philosopher. A pupil of the philosopher Posidonius,[2] and his maternal grandson and successor as head of the school in Rhodes. He wrote Lives of Famous Men; and Successions of Philosophers; and Life of Greece in 4 books, according to some.[3] He also wrote On Rhodes.
Greek Original:
Ἰάσων, Μενεκράτους, Νυσαεὺς ἐκ πατρός, ἀπὸ δὲ μητρὸς Ῥόδιος: φιλόσοφος, μαθητὴς καὶ θυγατριδοῦς καὶ διάδοχος τῆς ἐν Ῥόδῳ διατριβῆς Ποσειδωνίου τοῦ φιλοσόφου. ἔγραψε Βίους ἐνδόξων καὶ Φιλοσόφων διαδοχὰς καὶ Βίον Ἑλλάδος ἐν βιβλίοις δ# κατά τινας. οὗτος ἔγραψε καὶ περὶ Ῥόδου.
Notes:
See generally RE Iason(11). Gercke (1907) points out that the father cannot be the grammarian Menecrates of Nysa mentioned by Strabo (14.1.48), though he is presumably a member of the same family (on which see also Heath [1998]).
[1] In northern Caria.
[2] pi 2107: Posidonius.
[3] The next lemma (iota 53) credits a historian and scholar called Jason of Argos [Myth, Place] with the authorship of 4 volumes about Greece, περὶ τῆς Ἑλλάδος . Jacoby in his commentary to FGrH 94 declines to equate the two works but does regard the attribution of the Life of Greece to Jason of Nysa as uncertain. See further under iota 53.
References:
A. Gercke 'War der Schwiegersohn des Poseidonius ein Schüler Aristarchs?' RhM 62 (1907) 116-22
M. Heath 'Was Homer a Roman?' PLLS 10 (1998)
Keywords: biography; chronology; geography; historiography; philosophy; women
Translated by: Malcolm Heath on 4 March 2001@11:43:24.
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