- Alexander Aetolus
Alexander Aetolus (Gr. polytonic|Ἀλέξανδρος ὁ Αἰτωλός) was a Greek poet and grammarian, the only known representative of Aetolian poetry.cite encyclopedia | last = Schmitz | first = Leonhard | authorlink = | title = Alexander | editor = William Smith | encyclopedia =
Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology| volume = 1 | pages = 111 | publisher = Little, Brown and Company| location = Boston | year = 1867 | url = http://www.ancientlibrary.com/smith-bio/0120.html ] He was the son of Satyrus and Stratocleia, and was a native of Pleuronin Aetolia, although he spent the greater part of his life at Alexandria, where he was reckoned one of the seven tragic poets who constituted the Tragic Pleiad. [ Suda, "s. v."] [Eudoc. p. 62] [Pausanias, "Description of Greece" ii. 22. § 7] [ Scholiast, "ad Hom "Il. xvi. 233] He flourished about 280 BC, in the reign of Ptolemy II Philadelphus.
He had an office in the
Library of Alexandria, and was commissioned by Ptolemy to make a collection of all the tragedies and satyric dramas that were extant. He spent some time, together with Antagorasand Aratus, at the court of Antigonus II Gonatas. [ Aratus, "Phaenomena et Diosem." ii. pp. 431, 443, &c. 446, ed. Buhle] Notwithstanding the distinction he enjoyed as a tragic poet, he appears to have had greater merit as a writer of epic poems, elegies, epigrams, and cynaedi. Among his epic poems, we possess the titles and some fragments of three pieces: the "Fisherman", [polytonic|ἁλιεὺς, Athenaeus, vii. p. 296] "Kirka" or "Krika", [ Athenaeus, vii. p. 283] which, however, is designated by Athenaeusas doubtful, and "Helena", [ August Immanuel Bekker, "Anecdota Graeca" p. 96] Of his elegies, some beautiful fragments are still extant. [ Athenaeus, iv. p. 170, xi. p. 496, xv. p. 899] [ Strabo, xii. p. 556, xiv. p. 681] [Parthen. "Erot." 4] [ John Tzetzes, "ad. Lycophr." 266] [ Scholiastand Eustathius, "ad Il. iii. 314] His Cynaedi, or "Ionic poems" (polytonic|Ἰωνικὰ ποιήματα), are mentioned by Strabo[ Strabo, xiv. p. 648] and Athenaeus. [ Athenaeus, xiv. p. 620] Some anapaestic verses in praise of Euripidesare preserved in Gellius. [ Aulus Gellius, xv. 20]
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