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*Xristo/dwros), a Greek poet of Coptus in Egypt, was the son of Paniscus, and flourished in the reign of Anastasius I., A. D. 491-518.


Christodorus is classed by Suidas as an epic poet (ἐποποιός).

1. Ἔκφρασις τῶν ἀγαλμάτων τῶν εἰς τὸ δημόσιον γυμνάσιον τα ἐπικαλουμένον τοῦ Ζευξίππου

There is still extant a poem of 416 hexameter verses, in which he describes the statues in the public gymnasium of Zeuxippus. This gymnasium was built by Septimius Severus at Byzantium, and was burnt down A. D. 532. The poem of Christodorus is entitled Ἔκφρασις τῶν ἀγαλμάτων τῶν εἰς τὸ δημόσιον γυμνάσιον τα ἐπικαλουμένον τοῦ Ζευξίππου.


It is printed in the Antiq. Constantinop. of Anselmus Banduri, Par. 1711, Venet. 1729, and in the Greek Anthology.

Further Information

Bruck, Anal. ii. p. 456; Jacobs, iii. p. 161.

Other Works

He also wrote:--
    2. Ἰσαυρικά, a poem, in six books, on the taking of Isauria by Anastasius. 3. Three books of Epigrams, of which two epigrams remain. (Anthol. Graec. l.c. 4. Four books of Letters. 5. Πάτρια, epic poems on the history and antiquities of various places, among which were Constantinople, Thessalonica, Nacle near Heliopolis, Miletus, Tralles, Aphrodisias, and perhaps others.

Confusion with Christodorus of Thebes

Suidas and Eudocia mention another person of the same name a native of Thebes, who wrote Ἰξευτικὰ δι ἐπῶν and Θαύματα τῶν ἁγίων ἀναγύρων (where Küster proposes to read μαρτύρων̓ Κοσμᾶ και Δαμιανοῦ.

Further Information

Suidas, s. r. Χριστόδωρος and Ζεύξιππος; Eudocia, p. 436; Fabricius, Bibl. Graec. iv. p. 468; Jacobs, Anth. Graec. xiii. p. 871.


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