Homerus of Byzantium


Homerus of Byzantium

Homerus (Greek: Polytonic|Ὅμηρος) from Byzantium was an ancient Greek grammarian and tragic poet. He was also called "ho Neoteros" ("the Younger"), to distinguish him from the older Homerus (Homer).

The son of the grammarian Andromachus and the poetess Myro (some sources give her as Homerus's daughter), he flourished in the beginning of the 3rd century BC, in the court of Ptolemy II Philadelphus at Alexandria. Together with his main rival, Sositheus, he is counted among the seven great tragics of the Alexandrian canon, or "Pleiad" (named after the constellation of seven stars). Homerus is variously attributed 45, 47 or 57 plays, all of them now lost. Only the title of one, "Eurypyleia", survives.

Sources

* William Smith, [http://www.ancientlibrary.com/smith-bio/1620.html Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology]


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