Praxilla, Testimonia

LCL 461: 370-371

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1 Euseb. Chron. Ol. 82.2 (p. 112 Helm, ii 105 Schöne)

Crates comicus et Telesilla ac Bacchylides lyricus clari habentur. Praxilla quoque et Cleobulina sunt celebres.

cf. Sync. p. 297 Mosshammer

2 Athen. 15. 694a (iii 535 Kaibel)

καὶ Πράξιλλα δ᾿ ἡ Σικυωνία ἐθαυμάζετο ἐπὶ τῇ τῶν σκολίων ποιήσει.

3 Anth. Pal. 9. 26. 1ss. = Antipater of Thessalonica xix 1ss. Gow-Page

τάσδε θεογλώσσους Ἑλικὼν ἔθρεψε γυναῖκας ὕμνοις καὶ Μακεδὼν Πιερίας σκόπελος, 3Πρήξιλλαν, Μοιρώ . . . 8πάσας ἀενάων ἐργατίδας σελίδων. ἐννέα μὲν Μούσας μέγας Οὐρανὸς ἐννέα δ᾿ αὐτά 10Γαῖα τέκεν, θνατοῖς ἄφθιτον εὐφροσύναν.




Life and Work

1 Eusebius, Chronicle

Olympiad 82.2 (451/450 b.c.)1: the comic poet Crates and Telesilla and the lyric poet Bacchylides are regarded as famous. Praxilla also and Cleobulina are renowned.

2 Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner

Praxilla of Sicyon also was admired for her composition of drinking-songs.1

3 Palatine Anthology: Antipater of Thessalonica

These divine-tongued women were nourished on songs by Helicon and the Macedonian rock of Pieria: Praxilla, Moero . . ., craftswomen all of immortal pages. Nine Muses were created by great Heaven, nine by Earth herself to be an undying joy for mortals.1

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.praxilla-testimonia.1992