Homer Hesiod Hymns Tragedy Remythologizing Tools Blackboard Info
Of Ceos. One of the most celebrated and many-sided of the lyric poets of Greece. Born about B.C. 556 at Iulis in Ceos, he went at an early age to Greece proper, where he occupied a high position at Athens under the Pisistratid Hipparchus, and after his death in 514 in Thessaly, at the courts of the Scopadae and Aleuadae. His fame was highest at the time of the Persian Wars, the heroes and battles of which he celebrated in epigrams, elegies, and melic poems. He was a friend of the most remarkable men of his time; for instance, with Themistocles and Pausanias. He is said to have won fifty-six victories in poetic contests; thus after the battle of Marathon (490) he defeated the most famous poets, including Aeschylus, in an elegy on the men who had fallen in the conflict. He passed the last ten years of his life with the tyrant Hiero of Syracuse, and died in Sicily, at an advanced age, in 468 B.C. He was a polished and excellently educated man of the world, with great knowledge of it, and on this he drew cleverly for his poems. He was blamed for courting the favour of the wealthy and the powerful, and he was reputed to have been the first who accepted payment for his poems; but even if he really did frequently write poetry to order, and for considerable sums of money, yet, with admirable tact, be knew how to keep every appearance of mercenary work far from his creations. To rare fertility of production be added extraordinary poetic gifts, that enabled him to produce remarkable, and indeed perfect, work in the most varied branches of lyric poetry, from the terse simplicity of the epigram to the elaborate structure of an antistrophic composition. His most celebrated works were his epigrams, of which many have been preserved, his elegies, and his dirges, which were preferred even to those of Pindar. As may be seen from the fragments of his elegies and choice poems, he sought less to enchant by the grandeur of his ideas, like Pindar, than to touch by the sincerity of his sentiment; and accordingly his carefully chosen language shows great smoothness, softness, and grace, and correspondingly melodious rhythms. Besides his other remarkable talents, he possessed a very powerful memory; he was on this account held to be the inventor of a method of improving the memory known as the mnemonic art. [This is recorded in the Parian Chronicle; cp. Quintilian xi 2 Section § 11.]
Type: Standard
gutter splint
gutter splint
gutter splint