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, Dyscolus, of Alexandria, Greek grammarian, 2nd cent. ce


, Dyscolus, of Alexandria, Greek grammarian, 2nd cent. ce
  • Peter Barr Reid Forbes,
  • Robert Browning
  •  and Nigel Wilson


Apollonius (13), son of Mnesitheus, nicknamed Dyscolus, of *Alexandria (1) (2nd cent. ce). Of his life little is known; apart from a short visit to Rome, he did not leave Alexandria, and it is not certain that he taught in a school. His works are distinguished, even among grammarians, for obscurity of style and asperity of manner; but his method is genuinely critical, and his zeal for correcting errors extends to his own (cf. Syntax, p. 231. 15 Bekker). For the history of grammar from *Dionysius (15) Thrax, to his own day he is our chief source of information, especially for Stoic linguistic philosophy. see grammar, grammarians, greek.Of some 20 works, mostly on syntax, named in the Suda, four survive (thanks to a single MS, Paris. gr. 2548): on the Pronoun, Conjunction, Adverb, and Syntax. A conspectus of his doctrines is given in the Syntax, which deals mainly with article, pronoun, verb, preposition, and adverb, successively.


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