2. Besantinoiis, Besantinus, or Bisantinus, an Egyptian grammarian, who lived at the beginning of the fourth century, under the emperors Licinius and Maximinianus.
He composed four books of miscellaneous extracts, under the title of πραγματεία χρηστομαθειῶν
, an account of which is given by Photius (Phot. Bibl. 279
The work is often quoted in the Etymologicum Magnum.
The extracts in Photius were edited, with a Latin version, by Schottus
, and notes by Meursius, as an appendix to the posthumous work of Meursius, De Regno Laconico et Atheniensium Piraeo, Ultraj. 1686, 4to, reprinted in Gronovius's Thesaurus Antiq. Graec. vol. 10.1701, fol.