Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from Oxford Classical Dictionary. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 29 September 2022

Stephanus of Byzantiumlocked

Stephanus of Byzantiumlocked

  • Robert Browning


Greek grammarian, probably a contemporary of *Justinian, and a publicly appointed teacher in Constantinople. Nothing is known in detail of his life except that he was a Christian. He is the author of Ethnica, in sixty books, an alphabetical list of place-names together with the adjectives derived from them. The original work, which contained information on foundation-legends, etymologies, changes of name, oracles, historical anecdotes, proverbs, etc. , is lost. The surviving *epitome, consisting mainly of jejune entries, was compiled some time between the 6th and 10th cents. ce. It may be the work of one Hermolaus, mentioned in the *Suda, but some scholars believe that it is actually a conflation of at least two epitomes, made on slightly different principles. There are fragments of the original extensive text embedded in the De Administrando Imperio and De Thematibus of Constantine Porphyrogenitus.Stephanus was neither a geographer—he makes no direct use of *Ptolemy (4)—nor a historian—he puts down side by side information dating from different epochs—but a grammarian.


  • Christianity
  • Late Antiquity

You do not currently have access to this article


Please login to access the full content.


Access to the full content requires a subscription