Testimonia Vitae Atque Artis
1 Sud. A 3886 (i 351 Adler)
Ἀρίων, Μηθυμναῖος, λυρικός, Κυκλέως υἱός, γέγονε κατὰ τὴν λή Ὀλυμπιάδα. τινὲς δὲ καὶ μαθητὴν Ἀλκμᾶνος ἱστόρησαν αὐτόν. ἔγραψε δὲ ᾄσματα· προοίμια εἰς ἔπη β΄. λέγεται καὶ τραγικοῦ τρόπου εὑρετὴς γενέσθαι καὶ πρῶτος χορὸν στῆσαι καὶ διθύραμβον ᾆσαι καὶ ὀνομάσαι τὸ ᾀδόμενον ὑπὸ τοῦ χοροῦ καὶ Σατύρους εἰσενεγκεῖν ἔμμετρα λέγοντας.
2 Euseb. Chron. Ol. 40.2 (p. 97 Helm, ii 91 Schoene)
Arion Methymnaeus clarus habetur, qui a delfino in Taenarum dicitur transportatus.
Life and Work
1 Suda, Arion
From Methymna,1 lyric poet, son of Cycleus,2 flourished in the 38th Olympiad (628/624 b.c.). Some said he was a pupil of Alcman. He wrote songs: preludes for epic poems in two books. He is also said to have been the inventor of the tragic style, and to have been the first3 to organise a chorus, sing a dithyramb and give a title to what the chorus sang, and the first to introduce Satyrs speaking verses.
2 Eusebius, Chronicle
- 1Cf. Strabo 13. 2. 4. Arion was represented on coins of Methymna: see G. M. A. Richter, Portraits of the Greeks i 68 with figs. 269—70.
- 2The name has doubtless been derived from Arion’s circular choruses: see testt. 4,5.
- 3See test. 3.
- 1The Armenian version gives 610/609. For Eusebius’ dating see A. A. Mosshammer, The Chronicle of Eusebius 226–33.
- 2See test. 3.