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Terpander

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Terpander was one of the greatest Greek musicians of the Archaic period, the first and foremost in the row of celebrated citharodes of Lesbos, and an extensive tradition of his life was developed. He set both his own and Homer's hexametric poetry to music, and composed also in lyric metres. Four cities are mentioned as Terpander's home towns in ancient sources, Antissa and Methymna on Lesbos, Arne (in Boeotia), and Cyme in Asia Minor. The names Boeus and Phoceus in the genealogy may be simply another way to say that Terpander's father was the Boeotian, and his grandfather the Phocian. Sparta is another place where Terpander's tradition is localized. Terpander was clearly believed to have been the first in the row of famous citharodes of Lesbos. The continuous sequence of citharodes of Lesbos are Cepion, Aristocleides and Phrynis.

Keywords: Asia Minor; Boeotian; Cepion; Lesbos; Phocian; Phrynis; Sparta; Terpander

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