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Headword: Οὐηστῖνος
Adler number: omicron,835
Translated headword: Vestinus
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Vestinus,] surnamed Julius; sophist. [He wrote] Epitome of Pamphilus' Rare Words (94 books);[1] Selection of Words from the works of Demosthenes; Selection from those of Thucydides, of Isaeus, of Isocrates and the orator Thrasymachus and the other orators.
Greek Original:
Οὐηστῖνος, Ἰούλιος χρηματίσας, σοφιστής. Ἐπιτομὴν τῶν Παμφίλου Γλωσσῶν βιβλία #4δ#, Ἐκλογὴν ὀνομάτων ἐκ τῶν Δημοσθένους βιβλίων, Ἐκλογὴν ἐκ τῶν Θουκυδίδου, Ἰσαίου, Ἰσοκράτους καὶ Θρασυμάχου τοῦ ῥήτορος καὶ τῶν ἄλλων ῥητόρων.
Notes:
RE Vestinus(4) = Iulius(53).
Vestinus, who flourished during the reign of Hadrian, was active in Alexandria as procurator Musaei, an office he was probably appointed to by the Emperor himself. He was also in charge of the tasks of procurator bibliothecarum urbis Romae and was later chosen by Hadrian as an a studiis and ab epistulis; cf. IG XIV 1085 = OGIS 679. His epitome of Pamphilus is probably a source of Diogenianus' lexicon and is in any case quoted as a lexicographic source of the Suda (see the introductory section, lines 9-10) The attribution to Vestinus of the poem known as Ara ionica (Greek Anthology 15.25) is conjectural. For other sources concerning this grammarian see Etymologicum Magnum p.259 Miller, s.v. πῶς δαί ; scholia to Lucian, Timon 48; scholia to Gregory of Nazianzus, Funebrem orationem in patrem (PG 35 992.6) ap. Montfaucon, Diarium Italicum, p. 214; Basil, in Greg. Naz. quoted by Gaisford in the commentary to this entry.
[1] [pi 142] Pamphilus. Since Pamphilus' work itself is said there to have filled 95 books, the '94' of the present entry must be a version of that numeral. (Adler notes that in the Suda editio princeps it was emended to 4, as that of Vestinus' epitome.)
References:
B. de Montfaucon, Diarium Italicum, Paris 1702, p. 214
A.-J. Letronne, Recherches pour servir à l’histoire de l’Égypte, Paris 1823, p. 250
A.-J. Letronne, Recueil des incriptions grecques et latines de l'Égypte, t. I, Paris 1842, p. 279, 359
M. Schmidt, Quaestiones Hesychianae, in Hesychii Alexandrini Lexicon, vol. 4, Jena 1864, p. LXXXIV
L. Friedländer, Sittengeschichte Roms, vol. 4, Leipzig 1871, p. 40
W. Kroll, Iulius (n. 530), RE 10, 1 (1917), 872
H. Gärtner, Vestinus (n. 3), Kl.P. 5 (1975), 1230
S. Fein, Die Beziehungen der Kaiser Trajan und Hadrian zu den Litterati, Stuttgart 1994
E.L. Bowie, Hadrian and Greek Poetry, in E.N. Ostenfeld (ed.), Greek Romans and Roman Greeks, Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2002, pp. 172-197
A. Ippolito, Iulius Vestinus, Lessico dei Grammatici Greci Antichi (web address 1 below)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; rhetoric
Translated by: Malcolm Heath on 4 September 2003@14:39:46.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 5 September 2003@05:11:16.
Antonella Ippolito (suggested translation; added notes; added bibliography) on 17 February 2005@21:51:02.
Antonella Ippolito on 17 February 2005@21:51:50.
David Whitehead (removed translation suggestion; cosmetics) on 18 February 2005@03:21:53.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 31 July 2013@08:11:45.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 10 August 2013@18:25:07.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1) on 3 April 2014@05:16:28.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 6 January 2015@22:25:47.

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