Talk:Aristophanes of Byzantium

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Comments[edit]

Just to clarify my deletion of "significant". I know that he was significant, but under WP:POV we should let the facts speak for themselves unless someone can fins a source saying that he was significant. That's just Wikipedia bureaucracy. --Brownlee 10:04, 29 June 2006 (UTC)


I noticed that in this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Full_stop#History it says that the middle dot was the colon/'kolon' and the lower dot was the comma/'komma', but this contradicts with the information in the article on 'Aristophanes of Byzantium', which says, 'For a short passage (a komma), a media distinctio dot was placed mid-level (·). This is the origin of the modern comma punctuation mark, and its name. For a longer passage (a colon), a subdistinctio dot was placed level with the bottom of the text (.), similar to a modern colon or semicolon'. I do not have any expertise on the topic, so I cannot say which is the correct one, but I just wanted to bring this to attention.

Stuff from 1911 Brittanica to include[edit]

Aristophanes chiefly devoted himself to the poets, especially Homer, who had already been edited by his master Zenodotus. He also edited Hesiod, the chief lyric, tragic and comic poets, arranged Plato's dialogues in trilogies, and abridged Aristotle's Nature of Animals. His arguments to the plays of Aristophanes and the tragedians are in great part preserved. His works on Athenian courtesans, masks and proverbs were the results of his study of Attic comedy. He further commented on the Πινακεs (???? i just typed this in by sight) of Callimachus, a sort of history of Greek literature. As a lexicographer, Aristophanes compiled collections of foreign and unusual words and expressions, and special lists (words denoting relationship, modes of address). As a grammarian, he founded a scientific school, and in his Analogy systematically explained the various forms. He introduced critical signs — except the obelus; punctuation prosodiacal, and accentual marks were probably already in use. The foundation of the so-called Alexandrian "canon" was also due to his impulse (Sandys, Hist. Class. Schol., ed. 1906, i. 129 f.).
Nauck, Aristophanis Byzantii Grammatici Fragmenta (1848).

Some of this needs to go in the article — Omegatron 02:22, 21 August 2006 (UTC)

Flags?[edit]

I'm not at all certain the flags are appropriate for someone who died thousands of years before they, and their country, was created. 68.39.174.238 (talk) 18:47, 28 January 2008 (UTC)