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(c. 315—240 bc)

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Achilles Tatius

Achilles Tatius  

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(probably 3rd cent. ad),author of a Greek commentary on Aratus (1), the only surviving part of his work Περὶ σφαίρας.Ed. E. Maass, Commentariorum in Aratum Reliquiae (1898), 25.[...]
acrostic

acrostic  

A poem, word puzzle, or other composition in which certain letters in each line form a word or words. The word is recorded from the late 16th century, and comes via French from Greek akrostikhis, ...
Antagoras of Rhodes

Antagoras of Rhodes  

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(first half of 3rd cent. bc)wrote an epic Thebais, epigrams, and other poems (fr. 1 Powell, verses in hymnal style on Eros, seems to be echoed by Callimachus (3) ...
Antigonus

Antigonus  

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(c. 263–221 bc),nicknamed ‘Doson’, ‘the man who will give’, regent and king of Macedonia 229–221. Son of Demetrius (5) ‘the Fair’, who was half-brother of Antigonus (2) Gonatas, Antigonus ...
Aratea

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Latin poems translated from Aratus (1) (his work was sometimes divided into Phaenomena and Diosemeiai) by the following. (1) P. Terentius Varro Atacinus. (2) M. Tullius Cicero (1) (see section ...
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G. J. Toomer

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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Born at Soloi in Cilicia, he was taught by the grammarian *Menecrates (2) of Ephesus, and studied at Athens, where he probably first became acquainted with ...

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G. J. Toomer

Who's Who in the Classical World

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c.315 to before 240 bc, poet. Born at Soloi in Cilicia, he was taught by the grammarian Menecrates of Ephesus, and studied at Athens, where he probably first became ... More
Boethus

Boethus  

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Of Sidon (2nd cent. bc), Stoic, pupil of Diogenes (3) of Babylon. He held unorthodox positions in some areas of Stoic physics: he rejected the ekpurōsis and derived soul from ...
Callimachus

Callimachus  

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Of Cyrene, Greek poet and scholar. He flourished under Ptolemy 1 II (285–246bc) and continued into the reign of Ptolemy III. He was credited with more than 800 books, but, apart from six hymns and ...
constellation

constellation  

Any of the 88 areas into which the celestial sphere is divided for the purposes of identifying objects, as adopted by the International Astronomical Union in 1922 (see Table 3, Appendix). In 1930 the ...
Crates

Crates  

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Of Mallus, son of Timocrates, was a contemporary of Demetrius (12) of Scepsis (Strabo 14. 676) and Aristarchus (2). He visited Rome as envoy of Attalus II of Pergamum, probably ...
didactic poetry

didactic poetry  

Poetry whose primary purpose is to impart knowledge, whether spiritual, ethical, or practical.Medieval practice, following earlier models, employed most genres to cover a multitude of topics, from ...
Dikē

Dikē  

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Personification of Justice, daughter of Zeus and Themis, and one of the Horae. She reports men's wrongdoing to Zeus, and sits beside him. In Aratus and Roman poets she is the constellation Virgo or ...
Diodorus

Diodorus  

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(RE 53),of Alexandria (1), mathematician and astronomer (1st cent. bc), wrote a work, Analemma, on the construction of plane sundials by methods of descriptive geometry. Only the section on ...
Diotimus

Diotimus  

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Author of eleven epideictic and funerary epigrams included in the Garland of Meleager (2), perhaps the Adramyttian attacked by Aratus (1).A. S. F. Gow and D. L. Page, The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic ...
Dositheus

Dositheus  

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Of Pelusium (fl. c.230 bc), pupil of the astronomer Conon (2). He continued a connection between the Alexandrian astronomers and Archimedes which had begun with the latter's studies in Alexandria ...
Eudoxus of Cnidus

Eudoxus of Cnidus  

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(c.408–c.355 bc)Greek pupil of Plato's, and outstanding geometer and cosmologist. Eudoxus invented a general theory of proportion able to handle incommensurables, also a mathematical theory of the ...
Germanicus

Germanicus  

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(before adoption Nero Claudius Drusus Germanicus), elder son of Drusus and Antonia, was born 24 May 15 or 16 bc and adopted in ad 4 by his uncle Tiberius. As Tiberius was immediately adopted by ...
Hipparchus

Hipparchus  

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Astronomer, (fl. second half of 2nd cent. bc). His recorded observations range from 147 to 127. His only extant work, the Commentary on the Phainomena of Eudoxus and Aratus, contains criticisms of ...
Latin metre

Latin metre  

A tradition of writing Latin verses on the quantitative model of those of Classical Greek literature maintained itself from 240 bc down to the end of the western empire. The relation of the so‐called ...

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