Istros the Callimachean

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Istros the Callimachean (Ancient Greek: Ἴστρος ὁ Καλλιμάχειος) was a Greek writer, probably from Paphos. He was a pupil of Callimachus, and active in the Library of Alexandria. Seventy-seven fragments of his writings remain, mostly from his four-volume Attica, which discussed the cult, religion, and institutions of Attica in its mythical past, based largely on Atthides.[1] According to the Suda, a 10th-century encyclopedia, he wrote both prose and verse.[2]


Istros' works exist only in fragments (FGrHist 334). Among his attested works are:

  • Attika (Ἀττικά)
  • Atakta (Ἄτακτα)
  • Attikai lexeis (Ἀττικαὶ λέξεις)
  • Argolika (Ἀργολικά)
  • Eliaka (Ἠλιακά)
  • The colonies of the Egyptians (Αἰγυπτίων ἀποικίαι)
  • On the city of Ptolemais (Περὶ Πτολεμαΐδος)
  • Collection of Cretan feasts (Συναγωγὴ τῶν Κρητικῶν θυσιῶν)
  • On the struggles of Helios (Περὶ τῶν Ἡλίου ἀγώνων)
  • The manifestations of Apollo (Ἀπόλλωνος ἐπιφάνειαι)
  • The manifestations of Hercules (Ἡρακλέους ἐπιφάνειαι)
  • On the lyric poets (Περὶ μελοποιῶν)
  • Symmikta (Σύμμικτα), "Miscellany"
  • Hypomnemata (Ὑπομνήματα), "Commentary"
  • Replies to Timeus (Πρὸς Τίμαιον ἀντιγραφαί)


  1. ^ P. E. Harding, OCD4, "Ister"
  2. ^ Suda On Line, ι 706

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