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Alexander Cornelius

Alexander Cornelius, Greek grammarian, surnamed Polyhistor from his great learning, born at Miletus or Myndus[?] in Caria, flourished about 70 B.C. He was taken prisoner in the Mithridatic war[?] by Sulla, from whom (or from Cornelius Lentulus[?]) he received his freedom and assumed the name Cornelius. He accompanied Crassus on his Parthian campaigns, and perished at the destruction by fire of his house at Laurentum[?]. He is said to have written "books without number," chiefly on historical and geographical subjects. Of the extant fragments (Müller, Fragmenta Historicorum Graecorum, iii:) those relating to the Jews are important as containing quotations from lost Jewish authors.


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