[Homer], Epikichlides

LCL 496: 254-255

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Homeric Apocrypha



Ath. 65a

ὅτι τὸ εἰς Ὅμηρον ἀναφερόμενον ἐπύλλιον, ἐπιγραφόμενον δὲ Ἐπικιχλίδες, ἔτυχε ταύτης τῆς προσηγορίας διὰ τὸ τὸν Ὅμηρον ἄιδοντα αὐτὸ τοῖς παισὶ κίχλας δῶρον λαμβάνειν, ἱστορεῖ Μέναιχμος ἐν τῶι περὶ τεχνιτῶν (FGrHist 131 F 3).

Id. 639a

Κλέαρχος δὲ ἐν δευτέρωι Ἐρωτικῶν (fr. 33 Wehrli) τὰ ἐρωτικά φησιν ἄισματα καὶ τὰ Λοκρικὰ καλούμενα οὐδὲν τῶν Σαπφοῦς καὶ Ἀνακρέοντος διαφέρειν. ἔτι δὲ τὰ Ἀρχιλόχου καὶ τῶν Ὁμήρου Ἐπικιχλίδων τὰ πολλὰ διὰ τῆς ἐμμέτρου ποιήσεως τούτων ἔχεταί τινος τῶν παθῶν.





Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner

The little hexameter poem attributed to Homer and entitled Epikichlides got this name because when Homer recited it to the boys he was rewarded with thrushes (kichlai); so Menaechmus4 records in his work On Performing Artists.

Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner

Clearchus in book two of his Erotic Questions says that the love songs and the so-called Locrian songs are no different from those of Sappho and Anacreon. And Archilochus’ pieces and most of Homer’s Epikichlides, in the realm of verse, also have to do with these emotions.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.homeric_apocrypha_epikichlides.2003