Philiadas, Fragment

LCL 258: 386-387

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1Steph. Byz. (p. 310.9 Meineke)

Θέσπεια, πόλις Βοιωτίας . . . καὶ ἐπίγραμμα τῶν ἀναιρεθέντων ὑπὸ τῶν Περσῶν· ἦν δὲ Φιλιάδου Μεγαρέως·

ἄνδρες θ᾿ οἵ ποτ᾿ ἔναιον ὑπὸ κροτάφοις Ἑλικῶνος, λήματι τῶν αὐχεῖ Θεσπιὰς εὐρύχορος.

  • 1τοί Brunck κροτάφῳ Steph.
  • 2ἄρχει . . . εὐρύχωρος Steph.


1 Stephanus of Byzantium, Lexicon of Place-names

Thespeia, a city in Boeotia . . . And there is an epigram on those killed by the Persians.1 It was by Philiadas of Megara:2

Spacious Thespiae3 takes pride in the spirit of those men who once dwelled beneath the brows of Helicon.

  • 1At Thermopylae in 480.
  • 2See Page, Further Greek Epigrams pp. 78–79: “the fact that the author is named probably means that the epigram is demonstrative, not inscriptional, preserved in an anthology.” Philiadas is otherwise unknown, but see n. 2 on Theognis 773–88.
  • 3A city in south-central Boeotia.
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.philidas-fragment.1999