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Headword: Hippônax
Adler number: iota,588
Translated headword: Hipponax
Vetting Status: high
Son of Pytheas and, as his mother, Protis; an Ephesian, a writer of iambic poetry. He settled at Clazomenae when he was driven out by the tyrants Athenagoras and Comas. He writes against Boupalos[1] and Athenis the sculptors, because they made insulting statues of him.
Greek Original:
Hippônax, Putheô kai mêtros Prôtidos, Ephesios, iambographos. ôikêse de Klazomenas hupo tôn turannôn Athênagora kai Kôma exelatheis. graphei de pros Boupalon kai Athênin agalmatopoious, hoti autou eikonas pros hubrin eirgasanto.
C6 BCE; OCD(4) s.v.
This entry is the main source of biographical information on Hipponax. A similar story is given more fully by Pliny, Natural History 36.5, with a date in the 60th Olympiad (540-537); see J.J. Pollitt, The Art of Ancient Greece: sources and documents (Cambridge 1990) 28-29.
The surviving fragments of Hipponax' poetry are mostly in choliambic meter (cf. chi 402, chi 424) and Ionic dialect with some words borrowed from Lydian or Phrygian. Topics come from private life: his poverty, his amatory escapades, and especially his enmities.
[1] cf. beta 452.
D.A. Campbell, Greek Lyric Poetry (Glasgow 1967) 87-89
Keywords: art history; biography; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; history; meter and music; poetry; politics; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 25 September 2002@01:09:48.
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David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 25 September 2002@03:27:22.
Catharine Roth (added italics and cross-references) on 18 December 2012@01:10:51.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaked tr) on 18 December 2012@03:06:48.
David Whitehead on 14 January 2013@08:40:50.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 4 August 2014@03:55:52.


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