Dionysius Chalcus, Testimonia

LCL 258: 428-429

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Elegiac Poetry

Dionysius Chalcus


1 Plut. Nic. 5.2–3

καὶ ὁ μάλιστα ταῦτα συντραγῳδῶν καὶ συμπεριτιθεὶς ὄγκον αὐτῷ καὶ δόξαν Ἱέρων ἦν, ἀνὴρ τεθραμμένος ἐπὶ τῆς οἰκίας τοῦ Νικίου περί τε γράμματα καὶ μουσικὴν ἐξησκημένος ὑπ᾿ αὐτοῦ, προσποιούμενος δ᾿ υἱὸς εἶναι Διονυσίου τοῦ Χαλκοῦ προσαγορευθέντος, οὗ καὶ ποιήματα σῴζεται, καὶ τῆς εἰς Ἰταλίαν ἀποικίας ἡγεμὼν γενόμενος ἔκτισε Θουρίους.

2 Phot. lex. (i.282 Naber)

Θουριομάντεις. τοὺς περὶ Λάμπωνα· τὴν γὰρ εἰς Σύβαριν ἀποικίαν οἱ μὲν Λάμπωνι ἀνατιθέασιν, οἱ δὲ Ξενοκρίτῳ, οἱ δὲ Χαλκιδεῖ Διονυσίῳ . . .


Dionysius Chalcus

Dionysius Chalcus


1 Plutarch, Life of Nicias

And the one who most of all aided him (Nicias) in acting this solemn role and in surrounding him with a cloak of self-important dignity was Hieron, a man who had been reared in the household of Nicias and thoroughly trained by him in letters and the liberal arts. He pretended to be the son of Dionysius called Chalcus (the Bronze), whose poems are in fact extant and who as leader of the colony sent to Italy founded Thurii.1

2 Photius, Lexicon

Thurian seers.1 Those with Lampon. For some ascribe the colony at Sybaris (i.e., Thurii) to Lampon, others to Xenocritus, others to Dionysius of Chalcis2 . . .

  • 1Founded by Athens in 444/3 near the site of Sybaris. See A. Andrewes, JHS 98 (1978) 5–8.
  • 1See Arist. Clouds 332 and schol. ad loc. (p. 82 Holwerda).
  • 2Χαλκιδεῖ is presumably an error for Χαλκῷ (the Bronze).
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.dionysius_chalcus-testimonia.1999