biographical name \al-ˈsē-əs\

Definition of ALCAEUS

ca 620–ca 580 b.c. Greek poet


biographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(born c. 620 BC, Mytilene, Lesbos—died c. 580 BC) Greek lyric poet. Only fragments and quotations survive from his work, consisting of hymns in honour of gods and heroes, love poetry, drinking songs, and political poems. Many reflect Alcaeus's vigorous involvement in the life of his native Mytilene, particularly its political life. His poetry was a favorite model for Horace, who adapted from him his own alcaic stanza.

Variants of ALCAEUS

Alcaeus or Alkaios


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