Semonides, Testimonia

LCL 259: 298-299

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(καὶ ἴσως παρὰ τὸ σῆμα ἐστίν), ἐπὶ δὲ τοῦ λυρικοῦ διὰ τοῦ ι (καὶ ἴσως ἐπειδὴ παρὰ τὸ σιμὸς ἐστιν). Χοιροβοσκός.

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Semonides

spelled with an eta (perhaps derived from sema, ‘sign’), but with reference to the lyric poet it is spelled with an iota (perhaps because it is derived from simos, ‘snub-nosed’). So Choeroboscus.1

For the name of Semonides’ presumed enemy see Arch. fr. 223 with n. 2.

  • 1With rare exceptions (see Pellizer-Tedeschi p. 10) our sources give Σιμ-, but to avoid confusion with Simonides of Ceos, the lyric poet, I have consistently used the spelling Sem-.
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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.semonides-testimonia.1999