Crinagoras of Mytilene

Crinagoras of Mytilene, (gr. Κριναγόρας, Krinagoras), Greek epigrammatist, (b. ca. 70 BC) lived at Rome as a sort of court poet during the latter part of the reign of Augustus. He is mentioned by Strabo ( xiii) as a contemporary of some distinction. From inscriptions discovered at Mytilene, he appears to have been one of the ambassadors sent from that city to Rome in 45 and 26 BC. In one of his epigrams he blames himself for hanging on to wealthy patrons; several others are complimentary verses sent with small presents to the children of his aristocratic friends: one is addressed to young Marcellus with a copy of the poems of Callimachus. Others are on the return of Marcellus from the Cantabrian war, BC. 25; on the victories of Tiberius in Armenia and Germany; and on Antonia, daughter of the triumvir and wife of Drusus. Another, written in the spirit of that age of tourists, speaks of undertaking a voyage from Asia to Italy, visiting the

Cyclades and Corcyra on the way. Fifty-one epigrams are attributed to him in the Anthology; one of these, however (/Anth. Pal./ ix. 235), is on the marriage of Berenice of Cyrene to Ptolemy III. Euergetes, and must be referred to Callimachus or one of his contemporaries.

References

Odysseas Elytis, Krinagoras (Κριναγόρας, 1987)


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