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*Zhno/bios), sometimes erroneously called ZENODOTUS, was a writer who lived at Rome in the time of Hadrian.


Zenobius was the author of a collection of proverbs, which was an epitome of the works of Lucillus Tarrhacus and Didymus of Alexandria. The latter were themselves by no means the most ancient compilers of works of that kind. Zenobius, Athenaeus, and Suidas attribute works on proverbs to Aristotle, Clearchus of Soli, Theaetetus, Chrysippus, &c. In the work of Zenobius the proverbs are arranged alphabetically, and divided into hundreds. The last division is incomplete, the total number collected being 552.


This collection was first published by Phil. Junta (Florence, 1497). It was next published in the Aldine collection of fabulists. There is a separate edition by Vincentius Opsopoeus (Hagenau, 1575). It is also found in the collection of Andreas Schottus (Παροιμίαι Ἑλληνικαί, Antverp, 1612).


A Latin translation was published by Gilbertus Cognatus (Basil. 1559).

Greek Translations of Sallust

Zenobius was also the author of a Greek translation of Sallust, which, so far as is known. is not extant

Γενεθλιακόν, etc.

Zenobius composed a work entitled Γενεθλιακόν, addressed to the emperor Hadrian, and some other work.

Further Information

Suid. s.v. Fabric. Bibl. Graec. vol. v. p. 109; Schöll, Geschichte der Griech. Lit. vol. ii. p. 540.

Another Zenobius

There was another grammarian of this name, the author of an epigram (ap. Brunck, ii. p. 402).


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