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APION

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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 168 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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APION, Greek grammarian and commentator on Homer, born at Oasis in Libya, flourished in the first half of the tst century A.D. He studied at Alexandria, and headed a deputation sent to Caligula (in 38) by the Alexandrians to complain of the Jews: his charges were answered by Josephus in his Contra A pionem. He settled at Rome—it is uncertain when—and taught rhetoric till the reign of Claudius. Apion was a man of great industry and learning, but extremely vain. He 'wrote several works, which are lost. The well-known story of Androclus and the lion, preserved in Aulus Gellius, is from his Atyvzrrewca; fragments of his FXCe'oavat `Oµopuual are printed in the Etynmlogicum Gudianum, ed. Sturz, 1818.
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