Corinna, Testimonia

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Corinna

Testimonia Vitae Atque Artis

1 Sud. K 2087 (iii 157s. Adler)

Κόριννα, Ἀχελῳοδώρου καὶ Προκατίας, Θηβαία ἢ Ταναγραία, μαθήτρια Μύρτιδος· ἐπωνόμαστο δὲ Μυῖα· λυρική. ἐνίκησε δὲ πεντάκις ὡς λόγος Πίνδαρον. ἔγραψε βιβλία ε΄ καὶ ἐπιγράμματα καὶ νόμους λυρικούς.

cf. K 2088, 2089

2 Plut. glor. Athen. 4. 347f–348a (ii 128 Nachstädt-Sieveking-Titchener)

ἡ δὲ Κόριννα τὸν Πίνδαρον, ὄντα νέον ἔτι καὶ τῇ λογιότητι σοβαρῶς χρώμενον, ἐνουθέτησεν ὡς ἄμουσον ὄντα μὴ ποιοῦντα μύθους, ὃ τῆς ποιητικῆς ἔργον εἶναι συμβέβηκε, γλώσσας δὲ καὶ καταχρήσεις καὶ μεταφορὰς καὶ μέλη καὶ ῥυθμοὺς ἡδύσματα τοῖς πράγμασιν

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Corinna

Biography

1 Suda1

Corinna, daughter of Acheloodorus and Procatia, from Thebes or Tanagra,2 pupil of Myrtis; nicknamed Myia, ‘Fry’3; lyric poetess; said to have defeated Pindar five times4; wrote five books5 and epigrams and lyric nomes.6

Corinna and Pindar1

2 Plutarch, On the Glory of Athens2

When Pindar was still young and flaunting his eloquence, Corinna warned him that he was no poet: instead of introducing myths, the true business of poetry, he based his works on rare words, extensions of meaning, paraphrases, melodies and rhythms,

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.corinna-testmonia.1992