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(Ἑρμησιάναξ; Hermēsiánax). Elegiac poet from Colophon, friend and pupil of  Philitas (schol. Nic. Ther. 3 = fr. 12 Powell). He published an elegiac poem in three books, with the name of the woman he loved, Leontion, as title. In it, he recounted the experiences of famous people in love, drawing on myth and history. From the third volume 98 verses are preserved by Ath. 13,597b (= fr. 7 Powell), showing how love conquered both poets (Orpheus, Musaeus, Hesiod, Homer, Mimnermus, Antimachus, Alc…

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Di Marco, Massimo (Fondi Latina), “Hermesianax”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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