1. Of Laranda in Lycia according to Suidas, in Lycaonia according to Strabo and Stephanus Byzantinus.
He lived in the reign of the emperor Severus, between A. D. 194 and 211.
He is mentioned by Suidas (s. v.
) as an epic poet. We infer from Stephanus Byzantinus (s. v. Υ̓στάσπαι
) that he wrote a poem called Ἀλεξανδρείας
, "On the deeds of Alexander
," to which Suidas probably refers. Suidas also mentions that he was the father of the poet Peisander. Tryphiodorus, as we learn from Eustathius in the prooemium to the Odyssey
, wrote an Odyssey λειπογράμματον
, wanting the letter ς
throughout. Similarly, Nestor, we learn from Suidas, wrote the Iliad
, omitting in each book the letter indicating its number, as in the first book, the letter a, in the second, the letter β
, and so on with the rest.
He wrote also a poem entitled Μεταμορφώσεις
. Four fragments of his writings are inserted in the Anthologia Graeca (vol. iii. p. 54, ed. Jacobs).
The fourth of these epigrams has point, and rebukes men for attempting poetry who are unskilled in the art.
The last line has passed into the proverb of Erasmus, Equitandi peritus ne canas.
Fabric. Bibl. Graec.
vol. i. pp. 134, 517, iii. p. 46, iv. p. 483; Jacobs, Anth. Graec.
vol. iii. p. 54, vol. xiii. p. 921; Suid. Steph. ll. cc.