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Lyra Graeca Volume I. Translated by Edmonds, J M. Loeb Classical Library Volume 28. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1922.

Eumelus: Poems

Pausanias Description of Greece 2. 1. 1 :

The district of Corinth, which is part of the district of Argos, ahs its name from Corinthus, who to the best of my belief is seriously called a son of Zeus only the local if loud authority of the inhabitants. Eumelus son of Amphilytus of what is known as the house of the Bacchids, the reputed author of the epic poem (Corinthiaca), declares in the Corinthian History, if indeed his title to this is not false, that this country was first settled by Ephyra daughter of Oceanus . . .


Scholiast on Apollonius of Rhodes Argonautica 1. 146 :

[Aetolian Leda]: . . . She is made the daughter of Sisyphus and Panteiduia by Eumelus in the Corinthiaca.

Scholiast on Pindar O. 13. 74


. . . We are told this by an historical poet called Eumelus.

Clement of Alexandria Miscellanies 6. 267


What Hesiod wrote was put into prose and published as their own by the historians Eumelus and Acusilaüs.

Ibid. 1. 151


Moreover the statue of Apollo at Delphi is shown to have been a pillar by the words of the poet of the Europia . . .

Scholiast on the Iliad 6. 131


This account (of Dionysus) is given by many authors, but occurs first in Eumelus the poet of the Europia.

Pausanias Description of Greece 9. 5. 8


According to the author of the poem on Europa, the first player on the lyre was Amphion, who was taught by Hermes.

Athenaeus Doctors at Dinner 7. 277d


The poet of the Titanomachy, Eumelus of Corinth, Arctinus, or whoever the good man may be . . .

Eusebius Chronicle Ol. 4. 4


Fourth year of the Fourth Olympiad (B.C. 761): Flourished Eumelus, the poet of the Bugonia and the Europia.

Clement of Alexandria Miscellanies 1. 144


Eumelus of Corinth . . . was contemporary with Archias the founder of Syracuse.9

9. traditional date 734 or 757


Vide Frag. 1, Clem. Al. Str. 6. 264, Paus. 2. 3. 10, 2. 2, Apollod. 3. 8. 2, 9. 1, 11. 1, Sch. Ap. Rh. 2. 948, 3. 1371, 4. 1212, Tz. Ad Lyc. 480, ad Hes. Op. 1. p. 23, Laur. Lyd. Mens. 4. 48, and for fragments of these epics Epic. Gr. Frag. p. 185.

Eumelus: Fragments

Processional to Delos

Pausanias Description of Greece

[on Messenia]: In the reign of Phintas son of Sybotas the Messenians first sent a sacrifice and a male chorus to Apollo at Delos. Their trainer in the processional song to the God was Eumelus, and the epic lines they sang are believed to be the only genuine work of Eumelus now extant.


Ibid. 4. 33. 3

[on Ithome] The Messenians hold a yearly festival (of Zeus Ithomatas) called the Ithomaea. In ancient times they had a musical contest too, as is testified, among other things, by the lines of Eumleus, who wrote in his Processional to Delos:

For he of Ithome taketh delight in a Muse that hath a pure lyre and weareth the sandals of freedom.10


Ibid. 5. 19. 10 :

[on the chest of Cypselus]: the inscriptions upon the chest may, of course, be the work of some other man, but my impressions on the whole point to Eumelus of Corinth, particularly in view of his Processional to Delos.11

10. cf. Ibid. 2. 1. 1: ref. to Messenia’s struggles with Sparta c. 725?
11. the dates are against Pausanias’s view

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