Alcaeus


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Alcaeus

(ălsē`əs), c.620–c.580 B.C., Greek lyric poet of Lesbos. An aristocrat, he was often embroiled in political battles with the ruling tyrants. He wrote drinking songs, hymns, love songs, and political odes. He was, according to tradition, a close associate of SapphoSappho
, fl. early 6th cent. B.C., greatest of the early Greek lyric poets (Plato calls her "the tenth Muse"), b. Mytilene on Lesbos. Facts about her life are scant. She was an aristocrat, who wrote poetry for her circle of friends, mostly but not exclusively women, and like
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. The Alcaic strophe (a four-line stanza) said to be his invention was much used by Greek lyrists and greatly admired by Horace who employed it with slight modification.

Bibliography

See D. Page, Sappho and Alcaeus (1955); H. Martin, Alcaeus (1972); A. P. Burnett, Three Archaic Poets (1983).

Alcaeus

7th century bc, Greek lyric poet who wrote hymns, love songs, and political odes
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She should therefore be seen, not in a thiasos (whatever that might be) but, like Alcaeus, in a hetairia, an association of friends.
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ac ne me foliis ideo brevioribus ornes quod timui mutare modos et carminis artem: temperat Archilochi Musam pede mascula Sappho, temperat Alcaeus, sed rebus et ordine dispar .
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He also discusses political and personal life on the island, Sappho's family, and her contemporary Alcaeus.
Alcaeus not Alkaios, Croesus not Kroisos, and Pittacus not Pittakos).
7-12, as a cluster, embody the multifaceted approach inherent in Horace's lyric mastery in the same way as the Parade Odes display his metrical attainment, (7) or the Roman Odes his achievement as the Roman alternative to the Greek lyric poet, Alcaeus.
6) All italicised quotations can be found in the volume Greek Lyric I: Sappho, Alcaeus, David A Campbell (ed.
Horace's portrayal of Alcaeus, similar to Ronsard's depiction of Belot, presents a man of contradictions who waged war and wrote amatory verse.
The second part is centered on the characterization of the dialects used by Sappho and Alcaeus, paying special attention to phonetic, morphological and lexical features.
If Alcaeus is dead, I will take poison--and I saw myself going to Xerxes, our Persian chemist, and asking for the powder.