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[56] I think I hear my readers on all sides suggesting the names of hosts of other poets. What? Did not Pisandros1 tell the story of Hercules in admirable style? Were there not good reasons for Virgil and Macer taking Nicander2 as a model? Are we to ignore Euphorion?3 Unless Virgil had admired him, he would never have mentioned
“verses written in Chalcidic strain”
in the Eclogues. Again, had Horace no justification for coupling the name of Tyrtacus4 with that of Homer?

1 A Rhodian poet of the seventh century B.C.

2 Nicander of Colophon (second century B.C.), author of didactic poems, Theriaca and Alexipharmaca and Metamorphoses (ἑτεροιούμενα). Virgil imitated him in the Georgics, Aenilius Macer, the friend of Ovid, in his Theriaca.

3 Euphorion of Chalcis (220 B.C. ) wrote elaborate short epics. See Ecl. x. 50. The words are, however, put into the mouth of Gallus with reference to his own imitations of Euphorion.

4 See Hor. A. P. 401. Tyrtaeus, writer of war songs (seventh century B.C.).

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