Istros the Callimachean

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Istros the Callimachean (in Greek Ἴστρος ὁ Καλλιμάχειος) was a Greek writer pupil of Callimachus and active in the Library of Alexandria.



The Suda affirms that Istros wrote extensively in both prose and verse.[1] His 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)
  • Hypomnemata (Ὑπομνήματα)
  • Replies to Timeus (Πρὸς Τίμαιον ἀντιγραφαί)


  1. ^ Suda On Line, ι 706

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