Semonides, Testimonia

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Iambic Poetry

ἔγραψε κατά τινας πρῶτος ἰάμβους, καὶ ἄλλα διάφορα, Ἀρχαιολογίαν τε τῶν Σαμίων.

3 Cyrill. contra Iulian. 1.14 (p. 132 Burguière & Évieux)

εἰκοστῇ ἐννάτῃ Ὀλυμπιάδι Ἱππώνακτα καὶ Σιμωνίδην φασὶ γενέσθαι καὶ τὸν μουσικὸν Ἀριστόξενον.

4 Ath. 14.620c

Λυσανίας δ᾿ ἐν τῷ πρώτῳ Περὶ ἰαμβοποιῶν Μνασίωνα τὸν ῥαψῳδὸν λέγει ἐν ταῖς δείξεσι τῶν Σιμωνίδου τινὰς ἰάμβων ὑποκρίνεσθαι.

5 Choerob. ap. Et. Mag. 713.17

Σιμωνίδης· ἐπὶ τοῦ ἰαμβοποιοῦ διὰ τοῦ η γράφεται

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Semonides

According to some he was the first writer of iambics, and he wrote various other kinds of poetry, including a History of Samos.4

3 Cyril, Against Julian

They say that Hipponax, Semonides, and the musician Aristoxenus flourished in the 29th Olympiad (664–661 b.c.).1

4 Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner

In the first book of his On the Iambic Poets Lysanias states that the rhapsode Mnasion in his public performances declaimed some of the iambics of Semonides.

5 Choeroboscus in Etymologicum Magnum

Semonides: with reference to the iambic poet the name is

  • 4This may have been in elegiacs, but nothing of this or of any other elegy has survived.
  • 1Hipponax is presumably an error for Archilochus. Eusebius ap. Hieron. (p. 94b Helm) dates Semonides to 664-663 and in the Armenian version (p. 86 Schöne-Petermann) to 665-664. For other references to his date see Arch. testt. 6 and 8.
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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.semonides-testimonia.1999