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Poseidippos of Pella ( Greek Ποσείδιππος Poseídippos , Latinized Posidippus ; * around 310 BC; † 240 BC) was a Hellenistic epigrammatist . He should not be confused with the comedy poet Poseidippus von Kassandreia .

Poseidippus came from Pella , the capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia . He studied philosophy in Athens . He lived on Samos for some time before going to Alexandria to the court of the Ptolemaic kings.

Poseidippus was friends with the poets Asklepiades and Hedylos . Twenty of his epigrams are preserved in the Greek anthology ; further poems have come down to us from Athenaios .

In 2001 a papyrus was published containing around 100 newly discovered poems by Poseidippus (around 600 verses). They concern events at the court of the Ptolemies; Epigrams on victories of Ptolemaic queens in the chariot race in Olympia are particularly revealing .



Overview representations

  • Valentina Garulli: Posidippe de Pella . In: Richard Goulet (ed.): Dictionnaire des philosophes antiques , Vol. 5, Part 2, CNRS Éditions, Paris 2012, ISBN 978-2-271-07399-0 , pp. 1469-1480
  • Doris Meyer: Poseidippus by Pella . In: Bernhard Zimmermann , Antonios Rengakos (Hrsg.): Handbook of the Greek literature of antiquity. Volume 2: The Literature of the Classical and Hellenistic Period. CH Beck, Munich 2014, ISBN 978-3-406-61818-5 , pp. 258-266


  • Benjamin Acosta-Hughes (Ed.): Labored in papyrus leaves. Perspectives on an epigram collection attributed to Posidippus (P. Mil Vogl. VIII 309) , Cambridge (Massachusetts) 2004
  • Kathryn Gutzwiller (Ed.): The new Posidippus. A Hellenistic poetry book. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2005
  • Volker Michael Strocka : Poseidippos von Pella and the beginnings of Greek art history . In: Klio 89, 2007, pp. 332–345 ( PDF )

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