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Theocritus (c. 310—250 bc)

Virgil (70—19 bc) Roman poet

Edmund Spenser (1552—1599) poet and administrator in Ireland

Ovid (43—17 bc) Roman poet

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The name given to a shepherdess by Theocritus, Virgil, and Ovid. Spenser, in Colin Clouts Come Home Againe, uses the name to signify Alice, one of the daughters of Sir John Spencer of Althorp. She became the countess of Derby for whom Milton wrote his Arcades.

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