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ASCLEPIADES

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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 722 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ASCLEPIADES, of Samos, epigrammatist and lyric poet, friend of Theocritus, .flourished about 270 B.C. He was the earliest and most important of the convivial and erotic epigrammatists. Only a few of his compositions are actual " inscriptions "; others sing the praises of the poets whom he specially admired, but the majority of them are love-songs. It is doubtful whether he is the author of all the epigrams (some 40 ill number) which bear his name in the Greek Anthology. He possibly gave his name to the Asclepiadean metre.
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