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date: 06 February 2023

Telesillafree

, Argive poet

Telesillafree

, Argive poet
  • C. Carey

Subjects

  • Greek Literature

Argive poet (see argos(1)) of the 5th cent. bce. Later tradition (probably of Argive origin, since her statue at Argos showed her putting on a helmet: Paus. 2. 20. 7) credited her with arming the women of Argos after its defeat by Cleomenes (1) I (Paus. 2. 20. 8; Plut. Mor. 245c–f). Herodotus(1) 6. 76 ff. does not mention her, and it has been suggested that the incident is a fabrication based on the oracle cited there. Nine fragments survive, possibly from hymns. Her songs, written in the choral lyric dialect, were composed for choirs of girls (PMG fr. 717); Artemis and Apollo are prominent in the meagre remains; mythic narrative was present, with a strong local colour. The Telesilleion, or acephalous glyconic, is called after her (see metre, greek, § 4 (h), cf. 4 (d)).

Bibliography

Text
  • Page, Poetae Melici Graeci 372–4.
  • D. Campbell, Greek Lyric (Loeb) 4 (1992), 70–83.
Criticism
  • J. M. Snyder, The Woman and the Lyre (1989), 59 ff.