A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology

Smith, William

A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. William Smith, LLD, ed. 1890

(Βησαντῖνος). The Vatican MS. of the Greek Anthology attributes to an author of this name two epigrams, of which one is also ascribed to Pallas (Anal. ii. p. 435, No. 134; Jacobs, iii. p. 142), and the other (Jacobs, Paral. ex Cod. Vat. 42, xiii. p. 651) is included among the epigrams of Theognis. (Vv. 527, 528, Bekk.) This latter epigram is quoted by Stobaeus as of "Theognis or Besantinus." (Tit. 116.11.) The " Egg" of Simmias (Anal. i. p. 207, Jacobs, i. p. 140) bears the following title in the Vatican MS.: Βησαντίνου Ῥόδιου ὠὸν ἢ Δωσιάδα ὴ͂ Σιμμίου ἀμφότεροι λὰρ Ρόδιοι. Hence we may infer that Besantinus was a Rhodian.

An author of this name is repeatedly quoted in the Etymologicum Magnum (pp. 608, 1. 57, 685, 1. 56, Sylb.), whom Fabricius (Bibl. Graec. 10.772) rightly identifies with the Helladius Besantinus of Photius. [HELLADIUS.] The name is also spelt Bisantinus. (Βισαντῖνος, Etym. Mag. p. 212. 49; Fabric. Bibl. Graec. iv. p. 467.)