Stesichorus I, Testimonia

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ἐκλήθη δὲ Στησίχορος ὅτι πρῶτος κιθαρῳδίᾳ χορὸν ἔστησεν· ἐπεί τοι πρότερον Τισίας ἐκαλεῖτο.

2 Cic.De Rep.2. 20 (p. 54 Ziegler)

quo [enim] ille (sc. Stesichorus) mor[tuus, e]odem [est an]no na[tus Si]moni[des ol]ympia[de se]xta et quin[quag]esima.

suppl. Niebuhr, Rohde

3 Euseb.Chron.(pp. 98, 102 Helm, ii 90s. Schoene)

(i) Ol. 42.2: Stesichorus poeta clarus habetur.

(ii)Ol. 55.1: Stesichorus moritur.

4 Sud. Σ 107 (iv 322s. Adler)

Σαπφώ· . . .λυρική, γεγονυῖα κατὰ τὴν μβ΄ Ὀλυμπιάδα, ὅτε καὶ Ἀλκαῖος ἦν καὶ Στησίχορος καὶ Πιττακός.

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Stesichorus

because he was the first to establish (stēsai) a chorus of singers to the cithara; his name was originally Tisias.

Chronology1

2 Cicero, On the Republic2

For Stesichorus died in the year in which Simonides was born, in the 56th Olympiad (556/2 b.c.).3

3 Eusebius, Chronicle

(i) Olympiad 42.2 (611/0 b.c.)1: the poet Stesichorus is regarded as famous.

(ii) Olympiad 55.1 (560/59 b.c.)2: death of Stesichorus.

4 Suda, Sappho (1st notice)1

Sappho: . . . a lyric poetess; flourished in the 42nd Olympiad (612/08 b.c.), when Alcaeus, Stesichorus and Pittacus were also alive.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.stesichorus_i-testimonia.1991