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Sosi'bius

2. A distinguished Lacedaemonian grammarian, who flourished in the reign of Ptolemy Philadelphus (about B. C. 251), and was contemporary with Callimachus. (Ath. xi. p. 493f., iv. p. 144. e.) He was one of those writers who employed themselves in solving the difficulties met with in the ancient authors, and who were therefore called Λυτικοί or ἐπιλυτικοί, in opposition to the ἐνστατικοί, who employed their ingenuity in proposing problems for others to solve. (Suid. s.v. Ath. xi. p. 493f.)


Works

The following works of his are quoted : --


1. Περλ̀ Ἀλκμᾶνος

(Ath. iii. p 115, a., xiv. p. 646a., p. 648b.)


2. Περὶ τῶν ἐν Λακεδαλ́μονι θυσιῶν

(Ath. xv. p. 674a., p. 678b.)


3. Ὁμοιότητες

(Ath. xv. p. 690e.)


4. A Chronography

Entitled περὶ χρόνων (Ath. xiv. p. 635f.) or χρονῶν ἀναγραφή (Clem. Alex. Strom. vol. i. p. 327c.)


Work on the ancient Dorian comedy

One of his works, but we are not told which, contained information respecting the ancient Dorian Comedy of the Dicelistae and the Mimes. (Suid. s. vv. Σωσίβιος, Δικηλιστῶν; Ath. xiv. p. 621).


Other quotations

Besides the passages now referred to, there are several other quotations from his writings.


Futher Information

Fabric. Bibl. Graec. vol. vi. p. 379; Vossius, de Hist. Graec. pp. 136, 137, ed. Westermann; Clinton, F. H. vol. iii. p. 508.

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