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A. Life and transmission

A., who came from Ionian Teos in Asia Minor, lived c. 570–485 BC; his great age is widely attested. He worked as a poet and musician (also teacher and tutor?) at the courts of Polycrates of Samos and Hipparchus at Athens, and perhaps also for some time in Thrace (Abdera) and Thessaly (Larissa). In the Alexandrian period, his artistry earned him a place among the canonical ni…

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Brinker, Wolfram, “Anacreon”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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