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date: 05 December 2022


, lyric poet, c. 520–450 bce


, lyric poet, c. 520–450 bce
  • H. Maehler


Bacchylides (c. 520–450 BCE), lyric poet, of Iulis in *Ceos, son of Midon (or Midylus, Etym. Magn. 582, 20), nephew of *Simonides (Strabo 486, Suidas, entry under Βακχυλίδης). His floruit was given as 480 by Chron. Pasch. 162b (304. 6), as 467 and 451 by *Eusebius–Jerome (the entry in Eusebius, Chron. Olympian Odes 87.2 = 431 bce, refers to a flute-player Bacchylides mentioned by the comic poet *Plato (2) in his Sophistai, fr. 149 R. Kassel and C. Austin, PCG 7. 494, see G. Fatouros, Philol.1961, 147). The assumption that he was younger than *Pindar (Eust. Prooem. ad Pind. 25 = scholiast Pindar 3, p. 297. 13 Dr.) is unfounded and unlikely in view of the early date of his poem in praise of the young prince *Alexander (1), son of *Amyntas (fr. 20b Snell–Maehler), who succeeded his father as king of Macedon in c.


  • Greek Literature

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