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Lygdamus is a Roman poet known only under this pseudonym (born by his own account in 43 BC ). Nothing further is known about the person and true identity of Lygdamus. Six of his poems are in the third book of the “Corpus Tibullianum”, the works of Tibullus . The cycle of poems revolves around Lygdamus' love for a certain Neaera. The poems were possibly included in the "Corpus Tibullianum" in order to be able to participate in the fame of Tibullus.

Text output, translations and comments

  • Georg Luck (ed.): Albii Tibulli aliorumque carmina , Stuttgart 1988. (text edition)
  • Fernando Navarro Antolín: Lygdamus. Corpus Tibullianum III. 1 - 6: Lygdami elegiarum liber , Leiden 1996. (text edition with commentary and English translation)
  • Tibullus: Poems , Lat. and German by Rudolf Helm , Berlin 1958.
  • Hermann Tränkle : Appendix Tibulliana , Berlin a. a. 1990. (text edition with commentary)


  • Bertil Axelson: Lygdamus and Ovid. On the method of determining literary priority , in: Eranos 58 (1960), pp. 93–111.
  • Karl Büchner : Die Elegien des Lygdamus , in: Hermes 93 (1965), pp. 65–112 and 503–508.
  • Walter Erath: The poetry of Lygdamus , Univ. Dissertation Erlangen-Nürnberg 1971.
  • Otto Skutsch : On the dating of Lygdamus , in: Phililogus 110 (1966), pp. 142–146.

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