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a native of Priene, the author of an historical account of the first Messenian war. His date cannot be ascertained accurately, but he belongs in all probability to the Alexandrine period, not earlier than the third century B. C.


History of the First Peloponnesian War

The history covered from the taking of Ampheia to the death of Aristodemus.


According to Pausanias he was an author on whose accuracy very little reliance could be placed. Both Diodorus and Myron placed Aristomenes in the first Messenian war. Müller (Dorians, 1.7.9) affirms senian war. Müller (Doriceus, 1.7.9) affirms that this statement was "in the teeth of all tradition" ; but Grote (Hist. of Greece, vol. ii. p. 558) is inclined to think that censure too unqualified. There is, however, sufficient reason for believing that the old traditions suffered quite as much corruption and interpolation at the hands of Myron, as at those of the poet Rhianus.

Further Information

Paus. 4.6,&c.; Athen. 6.271f. xiv. p. 657d.; Voss. de Hist. Graec. p. 472, ed. Westermann.


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