Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Anacreon
(2,664 words)

(Ἀνακρέων/Anakréōn or Ἀνακρείων/Anakreíōn; Latin Anacreon)

A. Historical dimension

Very few verifiable details are available of the life of the Greek lyric poet A. (c. 575–480 BC) [04.37–56]; [08.12–22]; [05.50–54]; [07.]. He came from the Ionian port of Teos, which he probably left fleeing the Persians around 540 (Str. 14,644). He is known to have spent time on Samos during the reign of the tyrant Polycrates, who engaged numerous poets and artists at his court in the years 533–522 BC (cf. Ael. VH 9,4; Str. 14,638; Ath. 12,540 d). A. is said to have enjoy…

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Baumbach, Manuel, “Anacreon”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 27 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004552>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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