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ἐπιγράμματα, παιᾶνες καὶ τραγῳδίαι καὶ ἄλλα. οὗτος ὁ Σιμωνίδης μνημονικός τις ἦν, εἴπερ τις ἄλλος . . .

2 Str. 10. 5. 6 (ii 418 Kramer)

Κέως δὲ τετράπολις μὲν ὑπῆρξε, λείπονται δὲ δύο, ἥ τε Ἰουλὶς καὶ ἡ Καρθαία, εἰς ἃς συνεπολίσθησαν αἱ λοιπαί, ἡ μὲν Ποιήεσσα εἰς τὴν Καρθαίαν, ἡ δὲ Κορησία εἰς τὴν Ἰουλίδα. ἐκ δὲ τῆς Ἰουλίδος ὅ τε Σιμωνίδης ἦν ὁ μελοποιὸς καὶ Βακχυλίδης ἀδελφιδοῦς ἐκείνου, καὶ μετὰ ταῦτα Ἐρασίστρατος ὁ ἰατρὸς καὶ τῶν ἐκ τοῦ περιπάτου φιλοσόφων Ἀρίστων . . .

3 Callim. fr. 222 (i 214 Pfeiffer)

οὐ γὰρ ἐργάτιν τρέφω τὴν Μοῦσαν, ὡς ὁ Κεῖος Ὑλίχου νέπους.

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Simonides

tragedies and other works.14 This Simonides had an outstandingly good memory . . .15

Birthplace and Family

2 Strabo, Geography

Ceos1 was a tetrapolis, but only two of the cities remain, Iulis and Carthaea2; the other two, Poeëessa and Coresia, were incorporated into Carthaea and Iulis respectively. From Iulis came Simonides the lyric poet and Bacchylides his nephew,3 and later Erasistratus the physician and the peripatetic philosopher Ariston. . .

3 Callimachus, Iambics

For I do not bring up my muse a mercenary,1 as did the Cean descendant of Hylichus,2

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.simonides-testimonia.1991