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Mesome'des

Μεσομήδης), a lyric and epigrammatic poet under Hadrian and the Antonines, was a native of Crete, and a freedman of Hadrian, whose favourite Antinous he celebrated in a poem. (Suid. s. v.) A salary, which he had received from Hadrian, was diminished by Antoninus Pius. (Capit. Ant. Pius, 7.) Three poems of his are preserved in the Greek Anthology. (Brunck, Anal. vol. ii. p. 292; Jacobs, Anth. Graec. vol. iii. p. 6, vol. xiii. p. 917; Fabric. Bibl. Graec. vol. ii. pp. 130, 131.)

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