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Ioannes (Ιωάννης Στοβαῖος). A Greek writer of uncertain date (probably about A.D. 500), who derived his surname apparently from being a native of Stobi in Macedonia. Of his personal history we know nothing. Stobaeus was a man of extensive reading, in the course of which he noted down the most interesting passages; and to him we are indebted for a large proportion of the fragments that remain of the lost works of the early Greek poets and prose-writers to the number of 500. His work, which was a sort of anthology, was originally a single one, but in course of time was divided into two, each having two subdivisions—Eclogae Physicae et Ethicae, which is edited by Gaisford (1850) and Meineke (1860-64); and the Anthologion or Florilegium, edited by Gaisford (1822-25), Meineke (1856-57), and Wachsmuth and Hense, 3 vols. (Berlin, 1884-94).

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