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date: 06 October 2022



  • Richard Hunter


Herodas or perhaps Herondas, composer of mimiamboi in choliambics (iambic trimeters in which the penultimate syllable is long). Seven poems survive more or less complete on a papyrus published in 1891, an eighth (The Dream) is partially legible, and there are scraps of others; they range in length from 79 to 129 verses and are transmitted with individual titles. Herodas was probably active in the middle of the 3rd cent. bce. Poem 2 and probably 4 are set on *Cos; poem 1 is set outside Egypt but refers to the glories of *Alexandria(1), and poem 8 very likely refers to the literary squabbles of the Alexandrian Museum; the younger *Pliny(2) names Herodas in the same context as Callimachus (Ep. 4. 3. 4). Herodas, like *Callimachus(3) in his Iamboi, claims *Hipponax as his authorizing model for the use of choliambics (poem 8), and the mimiamboi are written in a creative, literary approximation to the Ionic of Hipponax.


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