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TIMOCREON

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Originally appearing in Volume V26, Page 989 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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TIMOCREON, of Ialysus in Rhodes, Greek lyric poet, flourished about 48o B.C. During the Persian wars he had been banished on suspicion of " medism." Themistocles had promised to procure his recall, but was unable to resist the bribes of Timo•-creon's adversaries and allowed him to remain in exile. Timocrews thereupon attacked him most bitterly (see Plutarch, Themistocles, 21); and Simonides, the friend of Themistocles, retorted in an epigram (Anth. Pal. vii. 348). Timocreon was also known as a composer of scolia (drinking-songs) and, according to Suidas, wrote plays in the style of the old comedy. His gluttony and drunkenness were notorious, and he was an athlete of great prowess.
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