ASCLEPIADES, of Samos, epigrammatist and lyric poet, friend
of Theocritus, flourished about 270 B.C. He was the earliest
and most important of the convivial and erotic epigrammatists.
Only a few of his compositions are actual “inscriptions”;
others sing the praises of the poets whom he specially
admired, but the majority of them are love-songs. It is doubtful
whether he is the author of all the epigrams (some 40 in number)
which bear his name in the Greek Anthology. He possibly gave
his name to the Asclepiadean metre.
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