So even in his time poets lived at the courts of kings, as earlier still Anacreon consorted with Polycrates, despot of Samos
, and Aeschylus and Simonides journeyed to Hiero at Syracuse
. Dionysius, afterwards despot in Sicily
had Philoxenus at his court, and Antigonus,1
ruler of Macedonia
, had Antagoras of Rhodes
and Aratus of Soli
. But Hesiod and Homer either failed to win the society of kings or else purposely despised it, Hesiod through boorishness and reluctance to travel, while Homer, having gone very far abroad, depreciated the help afforded by despots in the acquisition of wealth in comparison with his reputation among ordinary men. And yet Homer, too, in his poem makes Demodocus live at the court of Alcinous, and Agamemnon leave a poet with his wife. Not far from the gates is a grave, on which is mounted a soldier standing by a horse. Who it is I do not know, but both horse and soldier were carved by Praxiteles.