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Jungfrau oder Hetäre? Das ‘Thrakische Füllen’ und seine allegorische Deutung (Anacr. PMG 417 ap. Heraclit. All. 5.10-1 und [Theoc.] Id. 20.11-8)*)

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In Ps.-Theocritus 20.13 the hetaira Eunica is portrayed as µµασι λοξ βλποισα. Although it is well known that the passage imitates Anacreon’s poem on the ‘Thracian filly’ (PMG 417.1), it has until now gone unnoticed that the pseudo-Theocritean Idyll displays compelling parallels with Heraclitus’ interpretation of Anacreon’s ‘Thracian filly’ as ‘hetaira’. While this is perhaps not sufficient to hypothesize an intertextual relationship between the two authors, it nonetheless seems certain that Ps.-Theocritus and Heraclitus drew on a common source documenting this exegesis of πλος. In addition the depictions of the βο&ugr;κλος as a singer and of Eunica as a ‘hetaira’, coupled with the verbal echoes of Anacreon’s and Sappho’s poems, seem to point to a source—yet to be identified—which made use of the literary-biographical tradition concerning Sappho.

Affiliations: 1: >Institut für Klassische Philologie, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Grüneburgplatz 1 60323 Frankfurt Germany, Email:


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