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- Alcaeus fl. 611?-580 B.C. Greek poet who reputedly invented Alcaic verse.
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- proper n. An Ancient Greek name, particularly borne by an Ancient Greek lyric poet of Mytilene (c. 620 BC-6th century BC).
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- n. Greek lyric poet of Lesbos; reputed inventor of Alcaic verse (611-580 BC)
A famous Greek poem by Alcaeus, the poet of Lesbos, describes a storm at sea so vividly that Classical scholars continue to argue whether or not Alcaeus was actually on board the vessel.
Zeus, Amphitryon of Argos, whom on a day Alcaeus, son of Perseus begat,
And the noble son of Alcaeus led them, rejoicing in his host.
Athens in the Archonship of Alcaeus, on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elaphebolion. 34 The following persons took the oaths and ratified the treaty: -- On behalf of the Lacedaemonians, Pleistolas, Damagetus, Chionis,
There were two great lyric poets living on Lesbos in the late 7th century B.C., and some ancients Horace, for one seem to have thought that Alcaeus was the greater of the two.
Lacedaemon, on the 27th day of the month of Artemisium, and from the archonship, of Alcaeus at Athens, on the 25th day of the month of Elaphebolion.
Though Alcaeus may be defended; for it is probable that the lungs, lying near the stomach, may participate of the steam of the liquor, and be drenched with it.
And upon this account, they call those little posies they hang about their necks [Greek omitted], and anointed their breasts with the oils that were squeezed from them; and of this Alcaeus is a witness, when he bids his friends,
And Nicias of Nicopolis, a physician, presently subjoined: It is no wonder that Alcaeus, a poet, should be ignorant of that of which
But Soclarus, in defence of my sons, said: Alcaeus (as the story goes) did not call Pittacus a night-supper for supping late, but for delighting in base and scandalous company.
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