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Headword: Ῥιανός
Adler number: rho,158
Translated headword: Rhianos, Rhianus
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
also [sc. known as] the Cretan, since he was from Bene (Bene [is] a city of Crete);[1] but some have reported that he was from Ceraea,[2] others from Ithome in Messene.[3] This man was orginally the warden of the palaestra and a slave; subsequently he was educated and became a grammarian, contemporary with Eratosthenes.[4] He wrote in verse: poems; Heraclead (in 4 books[5]).
Greek Original:
Ῥιανός, ὁ καὶ Κρής, ὢν Βηναῖος [Βήνη δὲ πόλις Κρήτης]: τινὲς δὲ Κεραί̈την, ἄλλοι δὲ Ἰθώμης τῆς Μεσσήνης αὐτὸν ἱστόρησαν. οὗτος δὲ ἦν τῆς παλαίστρας πρότερον φύλαξ καὶ δοῦλος, ὕστερον δὲ παι- δευθεὶς ἐγένετο γραμματικός, σύγχρονος Ἐρατοσθένους. ἔγραψεν ἐμμέτρως ποιήματα, Ἡρακλειάδα ἐν βιβλίοις δ#.
Notes:
C3 BC. RE Rhianos; OCD4 Rhianus; FGrH 265.
[1] Bene: beta 260.
[2] Also in Crete; cf. Polybius 4.53.6.
[3] Ithome: iota 243. (This improbable theory was doubtless generated by R.'s authorship of a Messeniaka.)
[4] Eratosthenes: epsilon 2898.
[5] So the transmitted numeral, but it should be 14.
Reference:
R. Pfeiffer A History of Classical Scholarship (Oxford 1968) 148-9
Keywords: athletics; biography; chronology; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; geography; historiography; mythology; poetry
Translated by: Malcolm Heath on 8 September 2003@17:07:08.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (cosmetics, added keywords, set status) on 8 September 2003@17:17:24.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; added a keyword) on 9 September 2003@03:18:34.
David Whitehead (more notes; another keyword; cosmetics; raised status) on 25 August 2011@09:03:50.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 28 October 2013@08:11:47.
David Whitehead (another note) on 6 April 2014@05:55:13.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 2 August 2014@10:40:59.

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