Simonides of Ceos


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Simonides of Ceos

(sīmŏn`ĭdēz, sē`ŏs), c.556–468? B.C., Greek lyric poet, b. Ceos. At Athens for a time under the patronage of Hipparchus, he seems then to have gone to Thessaly, returning to Athens at the time of the Persian Wars. He was a friend of most prominent Athenians. After the wars he went (with his nephew Bacchylides) to the court of Hiero I of Syracuse, where he was a rival of Pindar. There are only fragments left of his work, but they contain some of the finest Greek poetry. He wrote, in an epigrammatic manner, verses of many kinds; some of these—encomia, epinicia, and dirges—he brought to a new perfection. Two of his finest epitaphs are on the fallen at Marathon and at Thermopylae.
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In fact, this phrase has to be taken in conjunction with the apophthegm of Simonides of Ceos and popularized by Plutarch that a painting is mute poetry and poetry a speaking picture.
The great age of the dithyramb was also the great age of Greek choral lyric poetry in general; Simonides of Ceos, Pindar, and Bacchylides all composed them.
7) Simonides of Ceos was a lyric poet and epigrammatist renowned for his opportunism and cupidity.
Since Simonides of Ceos also wrote elegies (all funeral epitaphs), there have been those who regard this poem as his.