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CORINNA

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Originally appearing in Volume V07, Page 147 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CORINNA, surnamed " the Fly," a Greek poetess, born at ,Tanagra in Boeotia, flourished about 500 B.C. She is chiefly known as the instructress and rival of Pindar, over whom she gained the. victory in five poetical contests. According to Pausanias (ix. 22. 3), her success was chiefly due to her beauty and her use of the local Boeotian dialect. The extant fragments of her poems, dealing chiefly with mythological subjects, such as the expedition of the Seven against Thebes, will be found in Bergk's Poetae Lyrici Graeci. Some considerable remains of two poems on a 2nd-century papyrus (Berliner Klassikertexte, v., 1907) have also been attributed to Corinna (W. H. D. Rouse's Year's Work in Classical Studies, 1907; J. M. Edmonds, New Brags. of . . . and Corinna, 1910).
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