Entirely consistent with this is the information given by the Acta Archelai that Basilides, before he came to Alexandria, had appeared publicly among the Persians (fuit praedicator aped Persas); and the allusion to his have appealed to prophets with oriental names, Barkabbas and Barkoph (Agrippa in Eusebius Hist.
His foible was omnipotence, and he aped the gods of Greece in turn.
There must, says Cornelius (aped Euseb., H.E.
Wassner, De heroum aped Graecos cultu (Kiel, 1883); article by F.
Brydall, Jus Imaginis aped Anglos, or the Law of England relating to the Nobility and Gentry (London, 1675), p. 20.
Scaliger called him "a povertystricken talent, slow in operation; his work is very commonplace; he aped his father."
The aim of the artist-scribe was to arrange his variously aped characters into square groups, and this could be done in great measure by taking advantage of the different ways in which many words could be spelt.