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Archilochus was the son of a nobleman Telesi-cles and a slave woman Enipo. He was born and grew up in Paros, and had at least one sister and a brother. Archilochus fell in love with Neoboule the daughter of Lycambes. They were about to get married when Lycambes changed his mind and refused to give her to the poet. Archilochus was believed to have invented the iambic verse and several other metres and poetic devices. He was held in great honour by the Parians and had his own cult established in the Archilocheion on Paros. Archilochus' biographical tradition is built to a great extent around his own poetry. In the extant fragments the poet talks, for example, a great deal about the life of a soldier, mentions several times Paros and Thasos, and also Neoboule and Lycambes, the places and persons closely connected to him in the tradition.

Keywords: Archilochus; Lycambes; Neoboule; Paros



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