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Bacchylides (băkĭlˈĭdēz), 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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Among their topics are Stesichorean footsteps in the parodos of Aeschylus' Agamemnon, talking thalassocracy in fifth-century Athens: from Bacchylides' "Theseus Odes" (17 and 18) and Cimonian monuments to Euripides' Troades, constructing chorality in Prometheus Bound: the poetic background of divine choruses in tragedy, theoric song and the rhetoric of ritual in Aeschylus' Suppliant Women, and new music in Sophocles' Ichneutae.
during his underwater journey in Bacchylides, Dith.
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. Strange to hear their voices here in sullen lines of applicants.
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.
This is the only horse that is named in the surviving victory odes (epinikia) of Pindar and Bacchylides. (1) He makes his first victorious appearance in the single-horse event, the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], of six laps (just over 1 km) in the hippodrome at the Pythia in 478, to which Pindar refers in P.
(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." Classical World 56 (1963): 102-4, 121.