Aristophanes of Byzantium (5832 words)

  • Thomas R. Coward (George Mason University )
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Aristophanes of Byzantium (265/257–190/180 BC) was the head of the Library at Alexandria (c. 204/1-189/6). He was famous for his linguistic, literary, textual, and antiquarian researches, and was credited with the innovation of Greek accentuation and colometry. He produced “editions” of poets from Homer to Menander, and several monographs and treatises. His works, however, only survive in fragments.

Biography

Aristophanes was the son of Apelles, a mercenary commander. He was born in Byzantium but resided in Alexandria. It is believed that he was a student of Zenodotus and Callimachus (T1 Slater), Eratosthenes (T5), Dionysius Iambus (T1), Euphronius (T14), and Machon, a comic w…

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Coward, Thomas R.. "Aristophanes of Byzantium". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2017
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13940, accessed 23 November 2017.]

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