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This chapter discusses the opinions on Stesichorus' biographical tradition and its historical reliability. The development of the tradition in general, however, has been very seldom touched upon by modern authors. West has very rightly emphasized the numerous links between Stesichorean and Pythagorean traditions, and Wilamowitz noticed the existence of the separate Locrian and Himerean traditions. Five different names for Stesichorus' father are attested in tradition, Euphemus, Euphorbus, Hyetes or Euetes, Euclides, and Hesiod. The first three seem to belong in the Pythagorean tradition. A different tradition seems to lie behind the name Euclides as the father of Stesichorus attested on an inscription on a headless herm from Tivoli, and in the Suda. In ancient sources the most frequently mentioned city for Stesichorus' home town is Himera on the northern coast of Sicily. Another home town attested for Stesichorus is Mataurus in South Italy, which was a Locrian colony.

Keywords: Euclides; Euphemus; Euphorbus; Hesiod; Hyetes; Pythagorean tradition; Sicily; South Italy; Stesichorus



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