Greek lyric poet, active c.600–550 bc. Tradition made him contemporary with Sappho and Alcaeus; Simonides referred to him and to Homer.
Stesichorus' works were collected in 26 books; nothing survives but quotations and some fragmentary papyri. The poems are cited by title. The titles cover a range of major myths. These poems represent a kind of lyric epic. Their metre, ‘Doric’ dialect, and triadic form seem to attach them to the ‘choral lyric’ tradition represented by Alcman and Pindar. But their large scale and narrative sweep recall the traditional epic.
Subjects: Classical Studies.