Polyidus, Testimonia

LCL 144: 198-199

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Testimonia Vitae Atque Artis

1 Marm. Par. Ep. 68 (p. 18 Jacoby)

ἀφ᾿ οὗ Πύιδος Σηλυμβριανὸς διθυράμβωι ἐνίκησεν Ἀθήνησιν, ἔτη Η[

2 [Plut.] Mus. 21. 1138ab (p. 120 Lasserre, vi 3. 17 Ziegler)

καθόλου δ᾿ εἴ τις τῷ μὴ χρῆσθαι τεκμαιρόμενος καταγνώσεται τῶν μὴ χρωμένων ἄγνοιαν, πολλῶν ἄν τι φθάνοι καὶ τῶν νῦν καταγιγνώσκων, οἷον . . . τῶν δὲ κιθαρῳδῶν τοῦ Τιμοθείου τρόπου (sc. καταφρονούντων)· σχεδὸν γὰρ ἀποπεφοιτήκασιν εἴς τε τὰ καττύματα (κατατύμματα Lasserre) καὶ εἰς τὰ Πολυείδου ποιήματα.




Life and Work1

1 Parian Marble

From the time when Polyidus of Selymbria was victorious in Athens with a dithyramb, [ ] years.2

2 ‘Plutarch’, On Music

In general, if anyone argues that those who do not follow a certain practice are acting out of ignorance, he will be making a hasty judgement against many of our contemporaries1; for example, . . . against the cithara-singers who scorn the style of Timotheus, which they have pretty well abandoned in favour of the ‘patchwork’ music2 and the compositions of Polyidus.3

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.polyidus-testimonia.1993