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Colu'thus

*Ko/louqos), one of the late Greek epic poets, was a native of Lycopolis in Upper Egypt, and flourished under the emperor Anastasius, at the beginning of the sixth century of our era.


Works


Lost Poems

He wrote laudatory poems (ἐγκώμια δι᾽ ἐπῶν), an heroic poem, in six books, entitled Καλυδονικά, and another entitled Περσικά. These are all lost.


The Rape of Helen
(Ἐλένης ἁρπαγή

His poem on The Rape of Helen (Ἐλένης ἁρπαγή) was discovered, with Quintus Smyrnaeus, by the Cardinal Bessarion in Calabria.

The poem, as it now stands, consists of 392 hexameter lines, and is an unsuccessful imitation of Homer.

Editions

It was first printed by Aldus, 8vo. (no date): more accurately, with ingenious conjectural emendations, by H. Stephens in his Poetae Graeci Principes, Par. 1566, fol. Several Latin versions and reprints of the text appeared in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, the most important of which is the edition of Io. Dan. Lennep, Leonard. 1747, 8vo. The latest and best editions are those of Bekker, Berl. 1816, 8vo., and Schaefer, Lips. 1825, 8vo.

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