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ARCADIUS

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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 342 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ARCADIUS, of Antioch, Greek grammarian, flourished in the 2nd century A.U. According to Suidas, he wrote treatises on orthography and syntax, and an onomaticon (vocabulary), described as a wonderful production. An epitome of the great work of Herodian on general prosody in twenty books, wrongly attributed to Arcadius, is probably the work of Theodosius of Alexandria or a grammarian named Aristodemus. This epitome (Hepi Tbvwv) only includes nineteen books of the original work; the twentieth is the work of a forger of the 16th century. Although meagre and carelessly put together, it is valuable, since it preserves the order of the original and thus affords a trustworthy foundation for its reconstruction. Text by Barker, 1823; Schmidt, 1860; see also Galland, De Arcadii qui fertur libro de accentibus (1882).
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