Alphabetical Dictionaries: From Antiquity to the Byzantine Period
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Abstract

The use of a strict alphabetic arrangement in Greek lexicography has never been the most widespread system. The first lexicon arranged by the first letter was that of Zenodotus (4th/3rd c. BCE). In the 2nd c. CE, Galen and Harpocration adopted such an arrangement, yet this never became the standard in Late Antique and Byzantine lexica, which show different degrees of alphabetization.

1. Introduction

The use of a strict alphabeti…

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Stefano Valente, “Alphabetical Dictionaries: From Antiquity to the Byzantine Period”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 15 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000018>
First published online: 2013



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