Suda s.v. Anacreon (A 1916=I p. 171-2 Adler)

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Ἀνακρέων, Τήϊος, λυρικός, Σκυθίνου υἱός, οἱ δὲ Εὐμήλου, οἱ δὲ Παρθενίου, οἱ δὲ Ἀριστοκρίτου ἐδόξασαν. ἔγραψεν ἐλεγεῖα καὶ ἰάμβους, Ἰάδι πάντα διαλέκτῳ. γέγονε κατὰ Πολυκράτην τὸν Σάμου τύραννον Ὀλυμπιάδι νβʹ νβʹ M : ξβ’ Küster οἱ δὲ ἐπὶ Κύρου καὶ καὶ M : τοῦ Labarbe Καμβύσου τάττουσιν αὐτὸν κατὰ τὴν νε’ νε’ m : κε’ m : ηε’ m : ξβ’ Faber, Rohde Ὀλυμπιάδα. ἐκπεσὼν δὲ Τέω διὰ τὴν Ἱστιαίου ἐπανάστασιν ᾤκησεν Ἄβδηρα ἐν Θρᾴκῃ. βίος δὲ ἦν αὐτῷ πρὸς ἔρωτας παίδων καὶ γυναικῶν καὶ ᾠδάς. καὶ συνέγραψε παροίνιά τε μέλη καὶ ἰάμβους καὶ τὰ καλούμενα Ἀνακρεόντεια.

Anacreon, a Tean man, a lyric poet, the son of Scythinus. Others thought he is the son of Eumelus, others of Parthenius, and others again the son of Aristocritus. He wrote elegies and iambics, all in the Ionic dialect. He was born during the reign of Polycrates, tyrant of Samos in the fifty-second Olympiad (c. 570 BC), though others place him in the reigns of Cyrus and Cambyses, in the fifty-fifth Olympiad (c. 560 BC). Leaving Teos on account of the Histiaean revolt, he settled in Abdera, in Thrace. His life was spent in love of youths and women and in songs. Indeed, he wrote drinking songs, iambics and the so-called Anacreontea.

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