Aristophanes of Byzantium

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Aristophanes of Byzantium (* 257 BC ; † 180 BC ) was an important Greek philologist and head of the library of Alexandria .

His works, preserved only in fragments , deal with textual criticism , grammar, linguistics , literature and stress studies. In his grammatical works he introduced the theory of accents and punctuation and developed the Greek declension through analogies . The accents in the Greek alphabet obviously caught on through his work. His most famous student was Aristarchus of Samothrace , who succeeded him as director of the Alexandrian library.

Text output

  • William J. Slater (Ed.): Aristophanis Byzantii fragmenta. De Gruyter, Berlin 1986, ISBN 3-11-006555-X


  • Eleanor Dickey: Ancient Greek Scholarship. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2007, ISBN 978-0-19-531292-8 , pp. 92-94
  • Richard Goulet: Aristophane de Byzance. In: Richard Goulet (ed.): Dictionnaire des philosophes antiques. Volume 1, CNRS, Paris 1989, ISBN 2-222-04042-6 , pp. 406-408

Web links

Wikisource Wikisource: Aristophănes von Byzantium  - Article of the 4th edition of Meyers Konversations-Lexikon