Biography of Anacreon


Anacreon (an-ack'-re-on), a celebrated Greek lyric poet, born at Teos in Ionia, about 563 B.C. He was patronized by Polycrates, the tyrant of Samoa, and Hiparchus, the tyrant of Athens. He died at Abdera, suffocated by a grape-stone while in the act of drinking. His poems are chiefly devoted to the praises of love, pleasure, and wine. They were admirably translated by Moore.