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Apollodorus was a common name in ancient Greece. This article deals with the historian and mythographer. For other men of the same name see Apollodorus (disambiguation).

Apollodorus (born c. 180 BC) was a Greek grammarian, a writer most famous for a verse chronicle of Greek history from the fall of Troy in the 12th century BC to 144 BC.

He was a pupil of the scholar Aristarchus of Samothrace and Panaetius the Stoic. He left Alexandria around 146 BC for Pergamum and eventually settled in Athens.

Apollodorus' chronicle gave dates by referring to the archons of Athens. Most archons only held office for one year, allowing scholars to pin down the years to which Apollodorus was referring.

Apollodorus' other works included his essays On the Gods and on the Homeric Catalogue of Ships, used as a source by Strabo in his Geography. He also produced numerous critical and grammatical writings, which have not survived.

The encyclopedia of Greek mythology, called Bibliotheke or Library, was traditionally attributed to him, but it cannot be his; it cites authors who wrote centuries later. Today the author of Bibliotheke is called PseudoApollodorus.

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