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
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.6Corinna 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,
- 1There is confusion in the Suda, which lists also Corinna, a lyric poetess from Thespiae (cf. 674) or Corinth, and ‘a younger Corinna’, a lyric poetess from Thebes.
- 2See 655 fr. 1.
- 3A Spartan poetess called Myia is attested, e.g. by the Suda; Clement of Alexandria 4. 19. 122. 4 lists four poetesses, Corinna, Telesilla, Myia and Sappho; Eustathius Il. 326. 43 gives five: Praxilla, Sappho, Corinna, Erinna, Charixena.
- 4See test. 3.
- 5See 657.
- 6No epigrams survive, although 657 and 674 are hexameters; the nomes were probably her narrative poems.
- 1See also test. 1, frr. 664(a), 688, 695A; for the dubious worth of the testimony see Introduction.
- 2Cf. Eustathius Il. 327.10, metrical Life of Pindar (i 8 Drachmann) 9 ff.