OLEXANDRIYSKE Dionysius (Dionysios)( Author of Greek didactic poems)
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Biography OLEXANDRIYSKE Dionysius (Dionysios)
Dionysius of Alexandria, Dionysios, Latin. Dionysius, nicknamed Periget (g. Periegetes, ie by perigezy; cm. Geographical literature), the author of Greek didactic poems. In 124 g. wrote a didactic poem (1187 hexameters) Description of the inhabited world (Periegesis tes oikumenes). We do not know on which sources he relied, indirectly, he certainly enjoyed the works of Posidonius. Language and metrics, carefully processed, show that D. focus primarily on Kallimaha and Apollonius of Rhodes. Despite the inaccuracies and errors in the descriptions, the poem A. was extremely popular and served as the textbook of geography not only in antiquity, but also in the Middle Ages. The Latin language translation thereof Avien, Pristsian. Volumetric comment to the product of D. written in XII. Byzantine scholar Eustace. Once D. also attributed to the didactic poems about stones (Lithiaka), from the myths of Dionysus Bassar (Bassarika), weather prediction (Diosemiai), about the bird (Ornithiaka), about the author whom we know only that his name was Dionysius.