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date: 06 December 2022

Alexander(8)locked

, of Pleuron, 'the Aetolian'

Alexander(8)locked

, of Pleuron, 'the Aetolian'
  • Ken Dowden

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Alexander (8) of Pleuron, ‘the Aetolian’ (he is the only known Aetolian poet), *grammaticus and poet, born c.315 bce, contemporary with *Callimachus (3) and *Theocritus. Around 285–283, he undertook for *Ptolemy (1) II Philadelphus the diorthosis (correction of the copies) of the tragedies and satyr plays collected for the Library at *Alexandria (1) (*Lycophron (2) handled the comedies). Later (c.277) he was, with *Aratus (1) and *Antagoras, called to the court of *Antigonus (2) Gonatas.Fragments, mostly slight, survive of his epyllia (e.g. a Halieus or ‘Fisherman’, cf. Theoc. Id.21), elegy, epigrams, ribald Ionic poems (learnedly imitating *Sotades (2)). He also wrote a Phaenomena (on constellations, like Aratus and many others), but was best known for his tragedies and was counted one of the *‘Pleiad', the seven star Alexandrian tragedians.

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  • Greek Literature

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