Drawing upon royal lists recorded in an epitome by the Hellenized Egyptian priest Manetho (third century BCE), Syncellus arranged rulers of the Nineteenth Dynasty, ending with a pharaoh whom Homer (Odyssey, IV, 126) called Polybus but according to Manetho's epitomator
, Julius Africanus, was named "Thuoris.
Much uncertainty surrounds the work, and a range of questions has been posed: Who is the epitomator
if it is not Ibn al-Muqaffa'?
3) There are, however, strong reasons to reject the theory that what we have is an epitome of the original, and in any case it would seem bizarre for an epitomator to conflate a disembarkation at a port and an onward journey overland, unless his command of Greek were extremely tenuous.
9, from which it has been inferred that the surviving text of the Ephesiaca, whether Xenophon's original or the work of an epitomator, must be influenced by Achilles Tatius and therefore postdate his novel.
must have cut down the text of 'Loukios of Patrae''s book, the length of which is still a matter of discussion, by leaving out some of the inset tales, which may also have constituted a substantial part of the original, and by only retaining the outlines of the main plot.
Diodorus, a compiler and epitomator
, is our main source for Hecataeus of Abdera and other Hellenistic historians, although he himself visited Egypt some time between 60-56 BCE.
661), and Adamantius, the epitomator
of Polemon, are other sophist-physiognomists known to us.
A hasty epitomator could, however, have based his judgement on the meaning that appears in this passage of Dionysius.
The epitomator has, however, noticed that Dionysius has a high opinion of Thucydides' account of the debate over Plataea:
Of our ancient sources, only Philostorgius, or his epitomator
rather, favours; death by suffocation, and the rest remain sufficiently vague to allow of either possibility.
of Livy, though more cryptic, also seems to see the organization of the provinces as the heart of the settlement of 27, and implies that it was connected closely with the vote of the name Augustus: 'C.
The latter possibility must, of course, be allowed, that Eusebius was nothing more than another epitomator
, one whose work was not popular or useful enough to have survived.