Iambic Poetry

Adespota Iambica

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1 Heracl. Lemb. π. πολιτειῶν (p. 24.22 Dilts)

τὴν δὲ πολιτείαν τῶν Σαμίων Συλοσῶν ἠρήμωσεν· ἀφ᾿ οὗ καὶ ἡ παροιμία·

ἕκητι Συλοσῶντος εὐρυχωρίη.

2 Cic. ad Att. 6.3.1

tu autem abes longe gentium,

πολλὰ δ᾿ ἐν μεταιχμίῳ Νότος κυλίνδει κύματ᾿ εὐρείης ἁλός.

3 Strabo 14.1.30

καὶ ἡ Τέως δὲ ἐπὶ χερρονήσῳ ἵδρυται, λιμένα ἔχουσα. ἐνθένδε ἐστὶν Ἀνακρέων ὁ μελοποιός, ἐφ᾿ οὗ Τήιοι τὴν

  • 2εὐρέης Lobel

Adespota Iambica


1–35 Iambic Trimeters

1 Heraclides Lembus, On Constitutions

Syloson laid waste the state of the Samians and from this there arose the proverb:

By the will of Syloson there is wide open space.1

2 Cicero, Letters to Atticus

but you are in a far distant land,

and in the intervening space the South Wind rolls many a wave of the wide sea

3 Strabo, Geography

Teos too is situated on a peninsula and has a harbour. From there came the lyric poet Anacreon in whose day the

  • 1The same proverb is recorded by Strabo 14.1.17 who states that after Polycrates, tyrant of Samos, was murdered by the Persians (c. 522), Darius installed Polycrates’ brother Syloson as tyrant. According to Strabo the proverb arose from Syloson’s ruling so harshly that the state suffered from a lack of men.
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.greek_iambic_poetry_anonymous_iambics.1999