(740 words)

b. ca. 300 BC, probably in Syracuse;

d. ca. 260 BC;

important Hellenistic poet who, with some of his poems, became the archegete of ancient bucolic poetry.


Thirty Idylls/eidyllía (Eid.), 23 Epigrams (Epigr.), and one figured poem (Syrinx) are transmitted under the name of Theo…

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Landfester, Manfred, “Theocritus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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