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Ion of Samos


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“Ion1 on Euripides:—

Farewell to thee, Euripides, for whom Night's eternal chamber is in the dark-leaved dells of Pieria;2 but albeit thou art underground, know that thy fame shall be everlasting even as the perennial graces of Homer.

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Palatine Anthology
“His image did Lysander set up upon this work3 when he destroyed the might of the Children of Cecrops by the victory of his swift ships, and crowned the never-ravaged Lacedaemon, citadel of Greece, his country of fair dances. These lines were made by Ion of sea-girt Samos.4Inscription on a stone found at Delphi

1 as E. seems to have outlived Ion of Chios, this is prob. the work either of Ion of Samos or of the rhapsode Ion of Ephesus, the Ion of Plato's dialogue

2 Euripides died in Macedonia

3 ref. to the large monument of which the base is 20 metres long; or, less likely , in honour of what he did

4 the ref. is to the defeat of the Athenians at Aegospotami in 405 B.C.

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