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The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World

Greek poet from Syracuse, early 3rd cent. bc; creator of the bucolic genre, but a writer who drew inspiration from many earlier literary forms, cleverly blending them into a new amalgam, which nevertheless displays constant invention and seeks variety rather than homogeneity. Thirty poems and a few fragments, together with 24 epigrams, are ascribed to him, several clearly spurious and others of doubtful authenticity.... ...

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