11. Of MYRLEIA in Bithynia, or of Nicaea, a son of Diotimus.
He was a pupil of Apollonius Rhodius, and lived about the time of Pompey the Great. Suidas places him nearly a century earlier, from which some modern critics have inferred, there must have been two Asclepiades of Myrleia, the one of whom was perhaps a son or grandson of the other.
The younger taught grammar at Rome, and is supposed to be the same as the one who for some time resided in Spain as a teacher of grammar, and wrote a description of the tribes of Spain (περιήγησις τῶνἐθνῶν
), to which Strabo occasionally refers. (iii. p. 157, &c.) Asclepiades of Myrleia is also mentioned as the author of several other works, of which, however, we possess only a few fragments. 1. On grammarians or grammars (περὶ γραμματικῶν
, Suidas, s. v. Ὀρφεύς
; Anonym. Vit. Arati;
S. Empiric. ad v. Grammat.
47, 72, 252). 2.
A work on the poet Cratinus (περὶ Κρατίνου
, Athen. 11.501
A work called περὶ Νεστοπίδος
. (Athen. xi. pp. 477, 488, &c., 498, 503.) 4. An ὑπόμνημα τῆς Ὀδυσσείας
. (Etym. M. s. v. Ἀρναῖος
; Schol. ad Hom. Od.
10.2, 11.269, 321, 326, 12.69, ed. Buttmann.) 5.
A work on the history of Bithynia (Βιθυνικά
), which consisted of at least ten books. (Parthen. Erot.
35; Schol. ad Apollon. Rhod.
2.722, 791; Athen. 2.50
He is usually believed to be the author of a history of Alexander the Great mentioned by Arrian. (Anab.
7.15; comp. Vossius, de Hist. Graec.
pp. 97, 158, 161, 187, ed. Westermann; F. X. Werfer, Acta Philol. Monac.
3.4. p. 551, where the fragments of Asclepiades are collected.)