Myrtis (poet)

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Myrtis ( ancient Greek Μυρτίς ) was a Greek poet of the 5th century BC. Chr.

According to Plutarch , Myrtis came from the Boiotic town of Anthedon . In the Suda it is reported that Korinna and Pindar were among their disciples ; However, as in ancient literature, people who were far apart in time are often associated with one another, this message is considered to be implausible. It is the same with Korinna's reference that Myrtis had defeated Pindar in agons ; according to Aelian , this was the case five times.

That this was a highly respected poet is clear from Tatian's report , which mentions a statue of Myrtis created by the sculptor Boiskos . The assessment of the 2nd century BC The epigrammatist Antipater of Sidon , who lives in BC and ranks her among the nine best female poets in Greece, testifies to her fame.

Nothing of their work has survived. All that is known is the content of a poem that Plutarch paraphrases in prose form. In this the Boiotic local myth about Eunostus is treated.


  • Ian Michael Plant: Women Writers of Ancient Greece and Rome: An Anthology . University of Oklahoma Press, Norman 2004, ISBN 0806136219 , pp. 36-37.


  1. Plutarch, Quaestiones Graecae 40.
  2. Suda , keyword Κορίννα , Adler number: kappa 2087 , Suda-Online ; Suda , keyword Πίνδαρος , Adler number: pi 1617 , Suda-Online
  3. ^ Korinna 7.
  4. Claudius Aelianus, Varia historia 13, 25; see. Suda, keyword Κορίννα .
  5. Tatian 33.
  6. ^ Antipater in the Anthologia Palatina 9, 26, 7.