Simonides

(556 BC - 468 BC / Greece)

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Simonides was a famous lyric poet from the city of Iulis, in the island of Ceos, off the coast of Attica. He left his native island in his youth and went to Athens, where he spent the largest part of his life. He probably also spent some time at the court of Hieron, the tyrant of Syracuse, where he may have met with Pindar. He was probably the first to write victory odes for winners at the Olympic... more »

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  • Frank Simon (9/27/2007 10:53:00 AM)

    Simonides is famous for the saying, 'Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting with the gift of speech.'

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