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Sotădes

Σωτάδης). A Greek poet from Maroneia in Thrace, who lived at Alexandria under Ptolemy Philadelphus about B.C. 276. He is said to have been drowned in the sea in a leaden chest for some sarcastic remark about the marriage of the king with his own sister Arsinoë. He composed in Ionic dialect and in a peculiar metre named after him (Sotadeus or Sotadicus versus, Σωτάδεια ᾁσματα) poems called κίναιδοι or φλύακες, malicious satires partly on indelicate subjects, which were intended for recitation accompanied by a mimic dance, and also travesties of mythological subjects, such as the Iliad of Homer. He found numerous imitators (Athen. p. 620; Op. Moral. p. 11).

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