:"Apollodorus was a common Greek name. This article deals with the historian and mythographer.:"For the Greco-Syrian architect, see Apollodorus of Damascus. For other men of the same name see Apollodorus (disambiguation)." :"Not to be confused with Pseudo-Apollodorus, the author of the Bibliotheke."

Apollodorus of Athens (Greek: Ἀπολλόδωρος ὁ Ἀθηναῖος; born ca. 180 BC, died after 120 BC) son of Asclepiades, was a Greek scholar and grammarian. He was a pupil of Diogenes of Babylon, Panaetius the Stoic, and the grammarian Aristarchus of Samothrace. He left, or fled, Alexandria around BC 146, most likely for Pergamum, and eventually settled in Athens.

Literary works

* "Chronicle" ("Χρονικά"), a Greek history in verse from the fall of Troy in the 12th century BC to roughly BC 143 (although later it was extended as far as 109 BC), and based on previous works by Eratosthenes of Cyrene. Its dates are reckoned by its references to the archons of Athens. As most archons only held office for one year, scholars have been able to pin down the years to which Apollodorus was referring. The poem is written in comic trimeters and is dedicated to Attalus II Philadelphus.
* "On the Gods" ("Περὶ θεῶν"), a detailed history of Greek religion, heavily depended on by later writers, such as Philodemus.
* A twelve-book essay about Homer's Catalogue of Ships, also based on Eratosthenes of Cyrene and Demetrius of Scepsis, dealing with Homeric geography and how it has changed along the centuries. Strabo relied greatly on this for books 8 through 10 of his own "Geographica".
* Other possible works include an early (possibly the earliest by an Alexandrian writer), and analyses of the poets Epicharmus of Kos and Sophron.
* Apollodorus produced numerous other critical and grammatical writings, which have not survived.
* His eminence as a scholar gave rise to several imitations, forgeries and misattributions. The encyclopedia of Greek mythology called "Bibliotheca", or "Library", was traditionally attributed to him, but it cannot be his; it cites authors who wrote centuries later. Today the author of the "Bibliotheca" is called Pseudo-Apollodorus.


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first = Simon
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title = Apollodorus (6) of Athens
encyclopedia = The Oxford Classical Dictionary
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pages = 124
publisher = Oxford University Press
location = Oxford
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*cite encyclopedia
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first = W.
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encyclopedia = Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
volume = Vol. 1, p. 234
pages = 1093
publisher = Walton & Maberly
location = London
date = 1861
url = http://books.google.com/books?id=YycBAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA234&dq=Panaetius+Apollodorus&as_brr=1#PPR3,M1
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* [http://www.attalus.org/translate/chronicles.html Greek Chronicles in translation]

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