Lamynthius, Fragment

LCL 144: 206-207

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839 Athen. 13. 596f–597a (iii 315s. Kaibel)

ἀλλὰ μικροῦ, ἔφη, ἄνδρες φίλοι, ἐξελαθόμην ὑμῖν εἰπεῖν τήν τε Ἀντιμάχου Λύδην (test. 8 West), προσέτι δὲ καὶ τὴν ὁμώνυμον ταύτης ἑταίραν Λύδην ἣν ἠγάπα Λαμύνθιος ὁ Μιλήσιος· ἑκάτερος γὰρ τούτων τῶν ποιητῶν, ὥς φησι Κλέαρχος ἐν τοῖς Ἐρωτικοῖς (fr. 34 Wehrli), τῆς (del. Wilamowitz) βαρβάρου Λύδης εἰς ἐπιθυμίαν καταστὰς ἐποίησεν ὁ μὲν ἐν ἐλεγείοις, ὁ δ᾿ ἐν μέλει τὸ καλούμενον ποίημα Λύδην.




839 Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner (on famous courtesans)

‘But, my friends,’ he said, ‘I nearly forgot to tell you of the Lyde of Antimachus,1 and also of her namesake, the courtesan who was loved by Lamynthius of Miletus. Each of these poets, according to Clearchus2 in his Erotica, fell in love with a foreign girl, Lyde, and composed his poem called Lyde, the former in elegiac couplets, the latter in lyric verse.’

  • 1Elegiac poet, 5th-4th c. b.c.; for the fragments of Lyde see West, I.E.G. ii 38 ff.
  • 2Scholar from Soli in Cyprus, c. 340–c. 250 b.c.
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.lamynthius-fragment.1993