Telesilla, Testimonia

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Telesilla

Testimonia Vitae Atque Artis

1 Anth. Pal. 9. 26. 5 = Antipater of Thessalonica xix 5 Gow-Page

Τελέσιλλαν ἀγακλέα

2 Euseb. Chron. Ol. 82.2 (p. 112 Helm)

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

cf. Sync. p. 297 Mosshammer

3 Plut. Mul. Virt. 4. 245c-f (ii 232s. Nachstädt-Sieveking)

οὐδενὸς δ᾿ ἧττον ἔνδοξόν ἐστι τῶν κοινῇ διαπεπραγμένων γυναιξὶν ἔργων ὁ πρὸς Κλεομένη περὶ Ἄργους ἀγών, ὃν ἠγωνίσαντο Τελεσίλλης τῆς ποιητρίας προτρεψαμένης. ταύτην δέ φασιν οἰκίας οὖσαν ἐνδόξου τῷ δὲ σώματι νοσηματικὴν εἰς θεοῦ πέμψαι περὶ ὑγιείας· καὶ χρησθὲν αὐτῇ Μούσας θεραπεύειν, πειθομένην τῷ θεῷ καὶ ἐπιθεμένην ᾠδῇ καὶ ἁρμονίᾳ τοῦ τε

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Greek Lyric

Life and Work

1 Palatine Anthology: Antipater of Thessalonica (on nine poetesses)1

glorious Telesilla

2 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.

3 Plutarch, Fine Deeds of Women

As distinguished as any of the exploits performed by groups of women is the struggle against Cleomenes1 for possession of Argos. It was Telesilla the poetess who urged the women to fight. They say that she was of distinguished family but had poor health and sent to Apollo’s temple to ask how she might become well. On being told that she must do service to the Muses she took the god’s advice and devoted herself to singing and playing the lyre, with

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.telesilla-testimonia.1992