Timotheus, Testimonia

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2 Sud. T 620 (iv 556s. Adler)

Τιμόθεος, Θερσάνδρου ἢ Νεομούσου ἢ Φιλοπόλιδος, Μιλήσιος, λυρικός· ὃς τὴν ι΄ καὶ ια΄ χορδὴν προσέθηκε καὶ τὴν ἀρχαίαν μουσικὴν ἐπὶ τὸ μαλακώτερον μετήγαγεν. ἦν δὲ ἐπὶ τῶν Εὐριπίδου χρόνων τοῦ τραγικοῦ, καθ᾿ οὓς καὶ Φίλιππος ὁ Μακεδὼν ἐβασίλευεν· καὶ ἐτελεύτησεν ἐτῶν ϙζ΄, γράψας δι᾿ ἐπῶν νόμους μουσικοὺς ιθ΄, προοίμια λς΄, Ἄρτεμιν, διασκευὰς η΄, ἐγκώμια, Πέρσας 〚ἢ del. Bernhardy〛 Ναύπλιον, Φινείδας, Λαέρτην, διθυράμβους ιη΄, ὕμνους κα΄ καὶ ἄλλα τινά.

3 Diod. Sic. 14. 46. 6 (iii 256 Vogel)

ἤκμασαν δὲ κατὰ τοῦτον τὸν ἐνιαυτὸν οἱ ἐπισημότατοι διθυραμβοποιοί, Φιλόξενος Κυθήριος, Τιμόθεος Μιλήσιος, Τελέστης Σελινούντιος, Πολύειδος ὃς καὶ ζωγραφικῆς καὶ μουσικῆς εἶχεν ἐμπειρίαν.

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Timotheus

2 Suda

Timotheus: son of Thersander or of Neomusus or of Philopolis,1 from Miletus, lyric poet. He added the tenth and eleventh strings to the lyre, and he made the old-fashioned music more effeminate. He lived at the time of the tragedian Euripides,2 when Philip of Macedon was king.3 He died at the age of ninety-seven, having written 19 musical nomes in hexameters, 36 preludes, the Artemis,4 8 adaptations, encomia, The Persians,5 Nauplius,6 The Sons of Phineus, Laertes, 18 dithyrambs, 21 hymns and other works.

Chronology1

3 Diodorus Siculus, World History

In that year (398 b.c.) the most distinguished dithyrambic poets were in their prime, Philoxenus of Cythera, Timotheus of Miletus, Telestes of Selinus and Polyidus, who was also an expert in painting and music.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.timotheus-testimonia.1993