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“Of the same type was Melanthius the tragedy-writer, but he also wrote Elegiac Poems . He is caricatures for his love of good living by Leucon in the Fellow-Clansmen , by Aristophanes in the Peace (1. 804), and by Pherecrates in the Petale.” Athenaeus Doctors at Dinner “When the orator Gorgias read at Olympia a work on Concord , Melathius remarked ‘This fellow recommends concord to all the Greeks, though he has never made it where there's only three, himself, his wife, and the housemaid.’ It seems that Gorgias had a liking for the slave-girl, and his wife was jealous of her.” Plutarch Conjugal Precepts

Elegiac Poems

“Polygnotus was no mere mechanic. He painted the Colonnade not by contract but for love, out of pride in the city, as we may learn from the historians and as the poet Melanthius testifies thus:

For 'twas at his own expense that he adorned the temples of the Gods and the Cecropian market-place with the valorous deeds of the demigods.

Plutarch Life of Cimon [on the Painted Colonnade]
“The mother of Cimon son of Miltiades was a Thracian named Hegesipyle, daughter of King Olorus, as we are told in the poems addressed to Cimon himself by Archelaus and Melanthius.” Plutarch Life of Cimon [on the Painted Colonnade]
“In any case it is clear that speaking generally Cimon was open to the imputation of profligacy in respect of women. The poet Melanthius makes facetiouus reference in an Elegy to his wooing of the Salaminian Asteria and also of a certain Mnestra.” Plutarch Life of Cimon [on the Painted Colonnade]

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