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Headword: Νικάνωρ
Adler number: nu,375
Translated headword: Nicanor, Nikanor
Vetting Status: high
Son of Hermias; an Alexandrian, a grammarian; lived under Caesar Hadrian,[1] when Hermippus of Berytus[2] also lived. [He wrote] On Punctuation in Homer and the Difference It Makes to Meaning, two books On Punctuation in General, one book as an epitome of these, On Punctuation in Callimachus, Comic Subjects, On the Naval Station,[3] On the Word 'onax', On Punctuation, and other things.
Because of this treatise he was mocked by some and called Stigmatias (he was not being mocked as a slave in this).[4]
Greek Original:
Νικάνωρ, ὁ Ἑρμείου, Ἀλεξανδρεύς, γραμματικός, γεγονὼς ἐπὶ Ἀδριανοῦ τοῦ Καίσαρος, ὅτε καὶ Ἕρμιππος ὁ Βηρύτιος. Περὶ στιγμῆς τῆς παρ' Ὁμήρῳ καὶ τῆς ἐξ αὐτῶν διαφορᾶς ἐν τῇ διανοίᾳ, Περὶ στιγμῆς τῆς καθόλου βιβλία #2#, Ἐπιτομὴν τούτων βιβλίον α#, Περὶ στιγμῆς τῆς παρὰ Καλλιμάχῳ, Κωμῳδούμενα, Περὶ ναυστάθμου, Περὶ τοῦ ὦναξ, Περὶ στιγμῆς: καὶ ἄλλα. ἐφ' ᾗ πραγματείᾳ σκωπτόμενος πρός τινων Στιγματίας ἐκαλεῖτο: οὐ γὰρ δήπου ὡς δοῦλος οὕτως ἐσκώπτετο.
RE Nikanor(27); OCD4 Nicanor(2); FGrH 628.
[1] Hadrian (alpha 527) reigned AD 117-138.
[2] For Hermippus, see epsilon 3045.
[3] A study of the location of contingents in the Greek camp in the Iliad; Aristarchus (alpha 3892) had written a monograph on this topic.
[4] Stigmatias means a slave branded as a punishment for running away and alludes to Nicanor's special interest in punctuation [stigmê: sigma 1105].
Keywords: biography; chronology; comedy; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; geography; historiography; military affairs; poetry
Translated by: Malcolm Heath on 20 June 2003@01:52:50.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (cosmetics) on 20 June 2003@02:19:33.
David Whitehead (augmented headword; added note, x-refs, keywords; cosmetics) on 20 June 2003@03:32:21.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetic) on 9 June 2013@08:02:10.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 2 August 2014@09:38:43.


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