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Besantinus

(135 words)

Author(s): Degani, Enzo (Bologna)
[German version] (Βησαντῖνος; Bēsantînos). Writer in Hadrian's era, possibly from Rhodes (according to the heading in Anth. Pal. 15,27, a poem that in any case belongs not to him but to Simias of Rhodes; also wrongly attributed to him: 9,118 = Thgn. 527f., cf. Stob. 4,50,44). MSS F and Y of the Bucolics attribute a βωμός ( bōmós) to him, a pattern poem in …

Eugenes

(87 words)

Author(s): Degani, Enzo (Bologna)
[German version] (Εὐγενής; Eugenḗs) Writer of an epigram in iambic trimeters about a work of art that represents the old, drunken  Anacreon (Anth. Plan. 308): a very faithful, ambitious imitation of two poems by Leonidas of Tarentum (Anth. Plan. 16,306f.; the expression ‘swan of Teos’, Τήιον κύκνον, in v. 2 is an allusion to Antipater of Sidon 7,30,1). The epigram may be from the beginning of the Imperial period. About the poet, whose name is very rare, nothing is known. Degani, Enzo (Bologna) Bibliography FGE 110f.

Aristodicus

(81 words)

Author(s): Degani, Enzo (Bologna)

Aceratus Grammaticus

(113 words)

Author(s): Degani, Enzo (Bologna)
[German version] Author of an epitymbion to Hector, who was for Troy ‘a stronger bulwark than the wall erected by the gods’ and at whose death ‘Meonides’ himself felt he had to close the Iliad (Anth. Pal. 7,138). There is no writer or grammarian known by this name but the theme and style of the epigram are suggestive of the ‘Garland’ of Philippus: the obscure epithet ‘Meonides’ was favoured by wri…

Cornelius Longinos

(68 words)

Author(s): Degani, Enzo (Bologna)
[German version] (or C. Longus). Author of two mediocre epigrams: the dedication, written after a Leonidian model (Anth. Pal. 6.300), of a few modest gifts by a farmer to Aphrodite (6.191) and the description of a painting (Anth. Plan. 117). Nothing is known about the poet, who may have been a contemporary of Gaetulicus (1st half of 1st cent. AD). Degani, Enzo (Bologna) Bibliography FGE 67-70.

Ammianus

(116 words)

Author(s): Degani, Enzo (Bologna)
[German version] Epigrammatic poet from the time of Hadrian, author of 24 satirical poems (the allocation of a further four is disputed), in which he shows himself to be a (seldom faithful) Lucillius imitator. Of interest are the points made against the conceited and bearded philosophers (above all against the Cynics), who do not know that the beard ‘nourishes fleas, and not ideas’ (Anth. Pal. 11,156), and against the orators (11,180-181: these especially have set their sights on Antonius Polemon)…

Eupithius

(69 words)

Author(s): Degani, Enzo (Bologna)
[German version] (Εὐπίθιος; Eupíthios). Writer of an epigram that consists of an expressive curse of Herodian's work ‘The General Pronunciation of Greek’ (Ἡ καθόλου προσῳδία; hē kathólou prosōidía) (Anth. Pal. 9,206). The otherwise unknown poet was, as we gather from the heading, an Athenian; he should either be considered a contemporary of Herodian (2nd half of the 2nd cent. AD) or lived after him. Degani, Enzo (Bologna)

Damagetus

(107 words)

Author(s): Degani, Enzo (Bologna)
[German version] (Δαμάγητος; Damágētos). Mediocre epigrammatic poet of the ‘Garland’ of Meleager (Anth. Pal. 4,1,21), probably to be classified as part of the Peloponnesian School; he lived at the time of the war between the Achaean and the Aetolian Leagues (220-217 BC). Almost all of his 12 epigrams can be traced back directly (7,438; 541) or indirectly (praise of Sparta and its allies: 7,432; 540f., and in doricizing language 7,231; 16,1) to this event (perhaps also 6,277 to Arsinoe, the daughter…

Damostratus

(74 words)

Author(s): Degani, Enzo (Bologna)
[German version] (Δαμόστρατος; Damóstratos). Author of an epigram on Meleager's ‘Garland’ (Anth. Pal. 9,328): a ‘Damostratus, son of Antilas’ (v. 3) dedicates wooden statues and boar skins to the Naiads. The attribution seems questionable as does the very existence of the otherwise unknown author (D. of Apamea, author of Halieutiká (Ἁλιευτικά), dates from a time post-Meleager, i.e. after the first half of the first cent. BC). Degani, Enzo (Bologna) Bibliography GA I,1,80; 2,230f.

Anyte

(319 words)

Author(s): Degani, Enzo (Bologna)
[German version] (Ἀνύτη; Anýtē). Epigrammatic poetess of the ‘Garland’ of Meleager (Anth. Pal. 4,1,5), acclaimed representative of the Peloponnesian School. Born in Tegea, Arcadia, (not in Mytilene, as the lemmata of Anth. Pal. 7,492 erroneously states, cf. Poll. 5,48; Steph. Byz. 610,16), she lived in all probability at the turn of the 4th to the 3rd cent. BC and was also the author of lost epic and lyric poems (SH 80 f.). At least 19 epigrams (in addition, the following are u…

Agathias

(349 words)

Author(s): Degani, Enzo (Bologna)
[German version] (Ἀγαθίας; Agathías). Historian and poet from Myrina in Asia Minor, son of the rhetor Memnon. Born c. 532, died shortly after 580 AD. He studied rhetoric in Alexandria and law in Constantinople, where he then successfully practised as a lawyer (and this is why he was named Σχολαστικός; Scholastikós). His historical work continues that of Procopius, recounts in five books -- with long ethnographic and chronological digressions (up until 579) -- events of the years AD 552-559. He attempts to imitate Herodotus and Thucydides, meticu…

Erycius

(114 words)

Author(s): Degani, Enzo (Bologna)
[German version] (Ερύκιος; Erýkios) Author of 14 epigrams in the ‘Garland’ of Philippus: dedicatory, funerary and epideictic epigrams treating traditional (often bucolic, cf. Anth. Pal. 6,96; 255; 7,174 etc.) themes with remarkable elegance. Internal evidence assigns him to the 2nd half of the 1st cent. BC and suggests that he probably visited Rome (cf. 6,96,2 Ἀρκάδες ἀμφότεροι and Verg. Ecl. 7,4 Arcades ambo). The heading of 7,230 attests to his having come from Cyzicus (that of 7,397, Ἐρυκίου Θετταλοῦ, seems to confirm the existence of a second E.); he i…

Barbucallus, Iohannes

(97 words)

Author(s): Degani, Enzo (Bologna)
[German version] with the epithet Γραμματικός ( Grammatikós). Epigram poet of the ‘ kyklos’ of Agathias, lived in the 6th cent. AD, author of 12 reasonable, for the most part ecphrastic and epideictic epigrams (some uncertainty remains, furthermore, concerning Anth. Pal. 7,555-555b and 9, 628f.; the first are titled Ἰωάννου Ποιητοῦ, the others Ἰωάννου Γραμματικοῦ). Noteworthy are the epigrams about the destruction of Berytus (Beirut) by the earthquake of 551 (9,425-427; the influence of Nonnus, Dion. 41 is obvious in 426,1f.). Degani, Enzo (Bologna) Bibliography Av. & A. Cameron, …

Aristocreon

(117 words)

Author(s): Degani, Enzo (Bologna)
[German version] Son of the sister of Chrysippus and his pupil; Chrysippus dedicated a number of works to him (Diog. Laert. 7,185; 196 f.; 202). After the death of his uncle (207 BC) A. honoured his memory with a text Χρυσίππου ταφαί (Ind. Stoic. Herc. 46,3) and -- according to the witness of Plutarch (De Stoicorum repugnantibus 2,1033e) -- with the erecting of a bronze statue: on this he had a distich (= Anth. Pal. append. 1,129 Cougny) engraved (ἐπέγραψε), in which Chrysippus is wittily called ‘…

Damocharis

(100 words)

Author(s): Degani, Enzo (Bologna)
[English version] (Δαμοχάρις). Epigrammdichter aus justinianischer Zeit, grammatikós, Freund und Schüler des Agathias (so das Lemma von Anth. Pal. 7,206, ein Grabepigramm auf das vom Meister geliebte Rebhuhn, vgl. Agathias 7,204f.). Auf Kos geboren, wie man aus dem Epitaphios des Paulus Silentiarius erfährt (7,588), war er Proconsul und Statthalter von Asien, der sowohl in Smyrna (vgl. das anon. Gedicht 16,43) als auch in Ephesos besondere Verehrung erfuhr (vgl. SEG 18,474). Erh. sind vier Epigramme von mittlerem Niveau aus dem “Kyklos” des Agathias. Degani, Enzo (Bologna) Bibli…

Ennoios

(57 words)

Author(s): Degani, Enzo (Bologna)
[English version] Verfasser eines Grabepigramms auf einem Marmorblock, der in Catania wiederentdeckt wurde (Anth. Pal. append. 2,491 Cougny = GVI 883) und in die Zeit zwischen dem 3. und 4. Jh.n.Chr. zu datieren ist. Der Name des Dichters, der unter den drei ebenso faden wie beschädigten Distichen steht, ist sonst nicht belegt. Degani, Enzo (Bologna)

Euodos

(59 words)

Author(s): Degani, Enzo (Bologna)

Erykios

(109 words)

Author(s): Degani, Enzo (Bologna)

Besantinos

(123 words)

Author(s): Degani, Enzo (Bologna)
[English version] (Βησαντῖνος). Dichter aus hadrianischer Zeit, vielleicht aus Rhodos (so das Lemma von Anth. Pal. 15,27, einem Gedicht, das allerdings nicht ihm gehört, sondern Simias von Rhodos; weiterhin falsch zugewiesen 9,118 = Thgn. 527f., vgl. Stob. 4,50,44). Ihm weisen die Hss. F Y der Bukoliker einen βωμός zu, ein Figurengedicht in der Gestalt eines Altares: 26 Verse in verschiedenen Metren, die das glückwünschende Akrostichon Ὀλύμπιε πολλοῖς ἔτεσι θυσείας, das gewiß an Hadrian gerichte…
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