The Unruly Tongue: Philitas of Cos as Scholar and Poet*

  title={The Unruly Tongue: Philitas of Cos as Scholar and Poet*},
  author={Peter Bing},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  pages={330 - 348}
  • Peter Bing
  • Published 1 October 2003
  • Art
  • Classical Philology
hilitas of Cos stands as a gray eminence at the start of Alexandrian scholarship and literature.1 Described as “simultaneously a poet and a critic” (Strabo 14.2.19. 657c), he was picked by Ptolemy I Soter to be tutor to his son Philadelphus (Suda, s.v. Philitas), and is said to have taught Zenodotus of Ephesus, first librarian of the Alexandrian Library (Suda, s.v. Zenodotus). His comments on epic vocabulary in his pioneering lexical study, ◊Ataktoi glΩssai, caused Aristarchus, the great… 
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