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Originally appearing in Volume V06, Page 295 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CHRISTODORUS, of Coptos in Egypt, epic poet, flourished during the reign of Anastasius I. (A.n. 491-518). According to Suidas, he was the author of IIIvrpta, accounts of the foundation of various cities; Au&axa, the mythical history of Lydia; 'Icavpuda, the conquest of Isauria by Anastasius; three books of epigrams; and many other works. In addition to two epigrams (Anthol. Pal. vii. 697, 698) we possess a description of eighty statues of gods, heroes and famous men and women in the gymnasium of Zeuxippus at Constantinople. This Ee paver, consisting of 4r6 hexameters, forms the second book of the Palatine Anthology. The writer's chief models are Homer and Nonnus, whom he follows closely in the structure of his hexameters. Opinions are divided as to the merits of the work. Some critics regard it as of great importance for the history of art and a model of description; others consider it valueless, alike from the historical, mythological and archaeological points of view. See F. Baumgarten, De Christodoro poets Theban (1881), and his article in Pauly-Wissowa's Realencycdopadie, iii. 2 (1899); W. Christ, Geschichte der griechischen Litteratur (1898).
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