The Happy Lexigrapher (1378 words)

Dimitrios Papanikolaou (University of Democritus)
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A medieval-era Greek lexicographer (ca. 1400 AD), whose name remains unknown. His conventional name (the Happy Lexicographer) has been taken from one of his entries: “perigēthēs = happy, like me” (ancient Greek text in Maas 1938: 58).

His activity is very well documented in cod. Cracow, Bibliotheca Jagiellońska inv. nr. 2626 (formerly Berlin, Preussische Staatsbibliothek, cod. Berolinensis graecus quart. 13), folios 1-103. This is a particularly worn manuscript, written in a 14th century North Italian paper by a number of scribes who lived ca. 1400 AD; into the text, the Happy Lexicographer (who probably coordinated the whole process of copying) seems to have added around 700 supplements to an older …

Citation: Papanikolaou, Dimitrios. "The Happy Lexigrapher". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 November 2020 [, accessed 30 November 2020.]

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