According to the Suda, he acquired the joking nickname Stigmatias (στιγματίας, "punctuated" but also "tattooed") because his labours were principally directed to punctuation. From his having devoted much of his attention to the elucidation of Homer's epics through punctuation, Stephanus also calls him "the new Homer", ὁ νέος Ὅμηρος.
He wrote also on the punctuation of Callimachus; and a work On punctuation in general (περὶ καθόλου στιγμῆς).
(Fabricius Bibl. Graec. i.368, 517, iii.823, vi.345.)
- Scholia on the Iliad:
Erbse, H. 1969-88, Scholia Graeca in Homeri Iliadem, 7 vols. (Berlin)
- Nicanor's work reconstructed from the Iliad scholia:
Friedländer, L. 1967 , Nicanoris περὶ Ἰλιακῆς στιγμῆς: reliquiae emendatiores, 2nd ed. (Amsterdam)
- Stephanus of Byzantium s.v. Ἱεράπολις.
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