Bacchylides, Testimonia

LCL 461: 100-101

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Bacchylides

Testimonia Vitae Atque Artis

1 Sud. B 59 (i 449 Adler)

Βακχυλίδης, Κεῖος, ἀπὸ Κέω τῆς νήσου, πόλεως δὲ Ἰουλίδος . . . , Μείδωνος (Neue: Μέδωνος codd.) υἱὸς τοῦ Βακχυλίδου τοῦ ἀθλητοῦ παιδός· συγγενὴς Σιμωνίδου τοῦ λυρικοῦ, καὶ αὐτὸς λυρικός.

2 Str. 10. 5. 6 (ii 418 Kramer)

Κέως δὲ τετράπολις μὲν ὑπῆρξε, λείπονται δὲ δύο, ἥ τε Ἰουλὶς καὶ ἡ Καρθαία, εἰς ἃς συνεπολίσθησαν αἱ λοιπαί, ἡ μὲν Ποιήεσσα εἰς τὴν Καρθαίαν, ἡ δὲ Κορησία εἰς τὴν Ἰουλίδα. ἐκ δὲ τῆς Ἰουλίδος ὅ τε Σιμωνίδης ἦν ὁ μελοποιὸς καὶ Βακχυλίδης ἀδελφιδοῦς ἐκείνου, καὶ μετὰ ταῦτα Ἐρασίστρατος ὁ ἰατρὸς καὶ τῶν ἐκ τοῦ περιπάτου φιλοσόφων Ἀρίστων . . .

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Bacchylides

Bacchylides

Biography

1 Suda, Bacchylides

A Cean, from the island of Ceos and the city of Iulis . . .; son of Meidon,1 whose father was Bacchylides the athlete; kinsman2 of the lyric poet Simonides, and himself a lyric poet.

Birthplace and Family

2 Strabo, Geography

Ceos was a tetrapolis, but only two of the cities remain, Iulis and Carthaea; the other two, Poeëessa and Coresia, were incorporated into Carthaea and Iulis respectively. From Iulis came Simonides the lyric poet and Bacchylides his nephew, and later Erasistratus the physician and the peripatetic philosopher Ariston . . .1

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.bacchylides-testimonia.1992