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Asclepiades(2)locked

, Sicelides, of Samos, Greek poet, fl. 300–270 bce

Asclepiades(2)locked

, Sicelides, of Samos, Greek poet, fl. 300–270 bce
  • Alan Douglas Edward Cameron

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Asclepiades (2), of Samos, also called Sicelides (fl. 300–270 bce). Inventor of the Alexandrian erotic *epigram (see alexandria (1); museum), distinguished by concise and witty treatment with the paraphernalia of fire and Erotes that were to be so characteristic of later erotic epigram. A strong influence on *Callimachus (3), *Posidippus (2), and *Hedylus. He praised the Lyde of *Antimachus (Anth. Pal. 9. 63), which Callimachus had attacked (fr. 398 R. Pf.), and is listed among the latter's literary enemies (schol. Flor. p. 3 R. Pf.). Spoken of by *Theocritus as a master (7. 40). He may have published a collection of epigrams jointly with *Posidippus (2) and *Hedylus (A. D. E. Cameron, Greek Anthology (1993), 369–76).

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  • Greek Literature

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