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(băkĭl`ĭdēz), fl. c.470 B.C., Greek lyric poet, b. Ceos; nephew of Simonides of Ceos. A contemporary of Pindar, he was patronized by Hiero I. His poetry is noted for its narrative powers, clarity, and lucidity. A number of Bacchylides' epinicia and dithyrambs were among the verses recovered from an Egyptian papyrus (text published by F. G. Kenyon, The Poems of Bacchylides, 1897).


See A. P. Burnett, The Art of Bacchylides (1985).

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Their topics include crooked competition: the performance and poetics of skolia, authentic and autochthonous traditions in archaic and Hellenistic lyric poetry, embedded song and poetic authority in Pindar and Bacchylides, on the antagonism between divine and human performer in archaic Greek poetics, and Sappho or Alcaeus: authors and genres of archaic hymns.
CAIRNS, "Aotos, Anthos, and the Death of Archemoros in Bacchylides, Ninth Ode", Papers of the Leeds International Latin Seminar, 10, 1998, 57-73) and Pache (C.
Jack Mitchell in "The Culture of the Ancient Epithet: Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Translation of Imagination" (Translation and Literature 22: 149-166), comparing an ode by Bacchylides with 38 different compound epithets deployed by Hopkins in his poetry, establishes "the altogether different points of reference of the archaic Greek and English epithets--the one [Greek/Bacchylides] traditional, the other [English/Hopkins] traditionally untraditional" (150).
He died amid prosperity and dithyrambs from all the poets he'd brought to live in Athens, a thousand aliens singing Pindar and Bacchylides.
The text is accompanied by an introduction, chronology, a note on the Persian Wars, and seven new maps in this edition, along with background texts by Aeschylus, Bacchylides, Thucydides, Aristotle, and Plutarch, and a new selection from the tract "Air, Waters, Places" attributed to the School of Hippocrates and contrasting accounts by Diodorus and Strabo of the Amazons.
Greek Lyric Poetry: A Commentary on Selected Larger Pieces: Alcman, Stesichorus, Sappho, Alcaeus, Ibycus, Anacreon, Simonides, Bacchylides, Pindar, Sophocles, Euripides.
1998) Epinician Odes and Dithyrambs of Bacchylides, Philadelphia.
2) This is probably the victory to which Bacchylides (5.
29) In the same vein, the one 'non-mythical myth' in the victory odes of Pindar and Bacchylides is the moving story of Croesus on the pyre.
45-46, 58-61, 90, 101, 125) to Arctinus (the Little Iliad) and Pindar, Simonides, Bacchylides, Erinna (p.
Athenian Trainers in the Aeginetan Odes of Pindar and Bacchylides.
The author makes great use of Greek poetry, especially the victory odes of Pindar and Bacchylides, which use enriches the text to a considerable degree.