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Headword: Simmias
Adler number: sigma,431
Translated headword: Simmias
Vetting Status: high
of Rhodes. Grammarian. He wrote Rare Words (3 books); various poems (4 books). He was from Samos originally, but in the colonisation of Amorgos the people of Samos sent him as leader. He settled Amorgos into three cities: Minoa, Aegialos, Arcesime.[1] He lived 406 years after the Trojan War. He wrote (and according to some was the first to write) iambi; and various other works, and an Archaeology[2] of Samos.
Greek Original:
Simmias, Rhodios, grammatikos. egrapse Glôssas biblia g#: poiêmata diaphora biblia d#. ên de to exarchês Samios: en de tôi apoikismôi tês Amorgou estalê kai autos hêgemôn hupo Samiôn. ektise de Amorgon eis treis poleis, Minôian, Aigialon, Arkesimên. gegone de meta u#2# etê tôn Trôïkôn: kai egrapse kata tinas prôtos iambous, kai alla diaphora, Archaiologian te tôn Samiôn.
Early C3 BC. RE Simmias(6); OCD4 Simmias(2). But in this entry Simmias (third century BC) has been conflated with the the seventh-century poet (sigma 446) Semonides of Amorgos.
[1] The second of these names should more properly be Aigiale (so Stephanus of Byzantium), and 'Arcesime' seems simply to be Adler's misprint for Arcesine. See in any event, for these Samian settlements on Amorgos c.620-600, Graham Shipley, A History of Samos 800-188 BC (Oxford 1987) 51.
[2] In the sense of early history; cf. epsilon 3755, iota 53.
Keywords: biography; chronology; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; meter and music; mythology; poetry
Translated by: Malcolm Heath on 9 September 2003@01:17:54.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (cosmetics, modified translation, added keywords, set status) on 9 September 2003@01:40:54.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; added a keyword) on 9 September 2003@04:14:27.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 1 January 2008@09:58:49.
David Whitehead on 24 December 2013@07:16:13.
David Whitehead (tweaked n.1) on 20 February 2014@05:44:42.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 2 August 2014@11:10:01.


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