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date: 28 January 2022

Stesichoruslocked

, Greek lyric poet

Stesichoruslocked

, Greek lyric poet
  • P. J. Parsons

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Greek lyric poet, active c. 600–550 bce. Greek tradition made him later than *Alcman, and contemporary with *Sappho and *Alcaeus (1) (Sudas); Simonides (fr. 564) referred back to him and to *Homer. He was connected with Mataurus in Bruttium (Steph. Byz., Suda; see bruttii), and with *Himera in Sicily (already Pl., Phdr. 244a); Arist.Rh. 1393b tells an anecdote of him and Phalaris. His tomb was shown at Himera (Poll. 9. 100) or *Catana (Antip. Thess., Anth. Pal. 7. 75, etc. ). Some said that his real name was Teisias (Sudas).Stesichorus' works were collected in 26 books (Sudas); nothing now survives but quotations and some fragmentary papyri. The poems are cited by title, not by book-number. That suggests substantial pieces, and what detail we know confirms it. Geryoneis apparently reached at least 1300 lines; Oresteia, and perhaps Helen, occupied two books.

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  • Greek Literature

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