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Agathosthenes (Ἀγαθοσθένης) was a Greek historian or philosopher of uncertain date,[1] who is referred to by Tzetzes as his authority in matters connected with geography.[2] There is mention of a work of Agathosthenes called "Asiatica Carmina",[3] where some writers read the name "Aglaosthenes";[4] for Aglaosthenes or Aglosthenes, who is by some considered to be the same as Agathosthenes, wrote a work on the history of Naxos, of which nothing remains, but which was much used by ancient writers.[5][6][7][8][9]


  1. ^ Schmitz, Leonhard (1867), "Agathosthenes", in Smith, William, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, Boston, p. 66
  2. ^ John Tzetzes, ad Lycophron 704, 1021. Chil. vii. 645
  3. ^ Germanicus, in Arat. Phaen. 24
  4. ^ Thomas Gale, Notae in Parthen. p. 125, &c.
  5. ^ Hyginus, Poeticon astronomicon ii, 16
  6. ^ Eratosthenes, Catasterismi ii. 27
  7. ^ Pollux, ix. 83
  8. ^ Athen. iii. p. 78
  9. ^ Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia iv. 22


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Agathosthenes". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.

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