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Strabo, Geography (ed. H.C. Hamilton, Esq., W. Falconer, M.A.), BOOK I., CHAPTER II. (search)
were known to our poet, as we have shown in this defence,
when he applies this epithet to the Nile, it must only be understood in the way we have explained. Homer did not
think it worth mentioning, especially to those who were acquainted with the fact, that the Nile had many mouths, since
this is a common feature of numerous other rivers. AlcæusAlcæus of Mitylene in the island of Lesbos, the earliest of the Æolian lyric poets, began to flourish in the forty-second Olympiad (B. C.
610). In the second year of this Olympiad we find Cicis and Antimenidas, the brothers of Alcæus, fighting under Pittacus against Melanchrus, who is described as the tyrant of Lesbos, and who fell in the conflict.
Alcæus does not appear to have taken part with his brothers on this occasion; on the contrary, he speaks of Melanchrus in terms of high praise.
Alcæus is mentioned in connexion with the war in Troas, between the
Athenians and Mitylenæans, for the possession of Sigæum. During the