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A. Life and works

Antiquity provides only sparse information on the life of T. The most important sources are the prolegomena in scholia to his poems, and the lemma Theókritos in the Suda (10th cent.). Since the scholia draw on the poems of T. themselves (eidýllia = Idylls, Id.; see below, B.2.), they are of no great value in this respect. T. was probably born in Syracuse, the son of Praxagoras and Philinna (Theoc. Id. 11,7; 8,16). There he attempted in vain to recrui…

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Rostropowicz, Joanna, “Theocritus”, 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 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
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