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date: 18 January 2022


, lyric poet, 6th cent. bce


, lyric poet, 6th cent. bce
  • C. Carey


6th-cent. bce lyric poet, native of *Rhegium in southern Italy. His date is controversial. The Suda states that he went to *Samos in Ol. 54 (564–560 bce), while *Eusebius gives his floruit as Ol. 60 (540–536), which would link his stay in Samos to *Polycrates(1)'s reign. Little is known of his life. He was said to have left Rhegium when he might have become tyrant (see tyranny), whence the proverb ‘more antiquated/more foolish than Ibycus’ (Diogenian. 2. 71). Tradition maintained that he was murdered by robbers, who were brought to justice through birds which witnessed the murder (e.g. Plut. Mor. 509f; Anth. Pal. 7. 745); ‘Ibycus' cranes’ became proverbial (Zen. 1. 37).On the strength of Ath. 4. 172d–f (which suggests that Ibycus was sometimes credited with authorship of the Funeral Games for Pelias composed by Stesichorus) it was long believed that Ibycus' work divides into two categories: extended heroic narratives in the Stesichorean manner (see stesichorus), and homoerotic/encomiastic poetry.


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