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Bion

(fl. c. 100 bc)


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(c.100 bc),

a Greek pastoral poet who is reputed to have been born in Smyrna. His best‐known work is a lament for Adonis, which was imitated by Ronsard and other continental poets and of which echoes can be found in Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis. Keats's Hyperion is indebted to its picture of Adonis and it served as one of Shelley's models for Adonais. Bridges' Achilles in Scyros took some of its detail from Bion's idyll.

Subjects: Classical Studies — Literature.


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