Elegiac Poetry



1 Strabo 14.1.40 (= fr. 3 West)

καὶ τὸ παλαιὸν δὲ συνέβη τοῖς Μάγνησιν ὑπὸ Τρηρῶν ἄρδην ἀναιρεθῆναι, Κιμμερικοῦ ἔθνους, εὐτυχήσαντας πολὺν χρόνον, τῷ δ᾿ ἑξῆς ἔτει Μιλησίους κατασχεῖν τὸν τόπον. Καλλῖνος μὲν οὖν ὡς εὐτυχούντων ἔτι τῶν Μαγνήτων μέμνηται καὶ κατορθούντων ἐν τῷ πρὸς τοὺς Ἐφεσίους πολέμῳ, Ἀρχίλοχος δὲ (fr. 20) ἤδη φαίνεται γνωρίζων τὴν γενομένην αὐτοῖς συμφοράν, κλαίειν <φάσκων τὰ> (add. West) Θασίων οὐ τὰ Μαγνήτων κακά. ἐξ οὗ καὶ αὐτὸν νεώτερον εἶναι τοῦ Καλλίνου τεκμαίρεσθαι πάρεστιν. Quae sequuntur v. ad fr. 5.

2 Orion etym. s.v. ἔλεγος (col. 58.8 Sturz)

εὑρετὴ<ν> δὲ τοῦ ἐλεγείου οἱ μὲν τὸν Ἀρχίλοχον, οἱ δὲ Μίμνερμον, οἱ δὲ Καλλῖνον παλαιότερον.





1 Strabo, Geography

And in ancient times it happened that the Magnesians, who had long been prosperous, were utterly destroyed at the hands of the Treres, a Cimmerian tribe, and that in the following year the Milesians took possession of the place. Now Callinus mentions the Magnesians as still prosperous and as successful in their war with the Ephesians, but Archilochus is clearly already aware of the disaster that befell them, <since he says that> he bewails the woes of the Thasians, not those of the Magnesians. As a result one may infer that he is later than Callinus.1

2 Orion, Lexicon

Some say that the elegiac couplet originated with Archilochus, others with Mimnermus, and others with Callinus at an earlier time.1

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.callinus-testimonia.1999