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Arion

(fl. 628—625 bc)


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A citharode from Methymna in Lesbos, spent most of his life at the court of the Corinthian tyrant Periander, who ruled from 625 to 585 bc. He was said to have been thrown overboard while returning from a profitable visit to Italy and Sicily, but to have returned to Corinth after being taken by a dolphin to Taenarum. He seems to have transformed the dithyramb from an improvised processional song into a formal stationary one.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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