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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While dismantling this philological myth, one could get an alternative reading, turning us "from Victorian fantasy and modern reconstructions to the one indisputable fact about Sappho," namely that "she was a poet," and that she called "her comrades philai and hetairai." "She should therefore be seen, not in a thiasos (whatever that might be) but, like Alcaeus, in a hetairia, an association of friends." (Parker 1993: 348)
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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