Dionysius Chalcus, Testimonia

LCL 258: 430-431

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Elegiac Poetry

3 Ath. 13.602b-c

ἔχρησεν δὲ καὶ περὶ τῶν ἀμφὶ τὸν Χαρίτωνα, προτάξας τοῦ ἑξαμέτρου τὸ πεντάμετρον, καθάπερ ὕστερον καὶ Διονύσιος ὁ Ἀθηναῖος ἐποίησε ὁ ἐπικληθεὶς Χαλκοῦς ἐν τοῖς ἐλεγείοις.

4 Anon. in Arist. Rhet. 3.2.1405a32 (Comm. in Arist. Graeca xxi(2).169.25)

Χαλκοῦν Διονύσιον λέγει τὴν Διονυσίου στήλην· οὗτος οὖν τοῖς ἐλεγείοις τοῖς ἀναγεγραμμένοις ἐν τῇ στήλῃ αὐτοῦ τὴν ποίησιν προσαγορεύει καὶ καλεῖ “κραυγὴν Καλλιόπης.”


Dionysius Chalcus

3 Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner

Apollo also gave an oracle concerning Chariton and those about him, placing the pentameter before the hexameter, just as was later done by the Athenian Dionysius, called Chalcus, in his elegies.1

4 Anonymous on Aristotle, Rhetoric

By Dionysius the Bronze he means the gravestone of Dionysius. In the elegiac verses inscribed on his gravestone Dionysius calls his poetry “the scream of Calliope.”1

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.dionysius_chalcus-testimonia.1999