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Stesichorus

(640 BC - 555 BC / Greece)

Stesichorus
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Stesichorus was a lyric poet from Himera, who lived during the first half of the 6th century BC. The name Stesichorus actually means "Chorus Master", so it might have been a title and not a name. His real name is possibly Tisias.

Stesichorus was very creative and prolific, and is considered the first literary celebrity in Greece. He influenced many poets with his long, narrative poems with mythological themes. Not much of his work has survived, but we know that he wrote in the Doric dialect, and that he was inspired by Homer. He wrote The Wooden Horse, The Capture of Troy, Homecoming and Oresteia.

It is told in history that he warned his fellow-citizens against ... more »

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