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date: 26 September 2023



  • Klaus Meister


Callixeinus (Καλλίξεινος), of Rhodes, probably 2nd cent. bce, wrote On Alexandria (see alexandria (1)) in at least four books. Two extensive verbal quotations are preserved in *Athenaeus (1): F 2 = 5. 196a–203b on a grand *procession (πομπή) of *Ptolemy (1) II Philadelphus, presumably held to celebrate the victory in the First Syrian War 271/0(?); F 1 = 5. 203e–206c on the magnificent ships built by *Ptolemy (1) IV Philopator c.221–204 (including details of measurements, equipment, and technology). Neither local history nor a guidebook to Alexandria, it was rather a compilation of reports concerning extraordinary incidents; it was based on written sources and arranged thematically.


  • Greek Literature

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