Stasinus (Greek: Στασῖνος) of Cyprus was a semi-legendary early Greek poet. He is best known for his lost work, Cypria which was one of the poems belonging to the Epic Cycle that narrated the War of Troy.[1][2]

The Cypria, presupposing an acquaintance with the events of the Homeric poem, confined itself to what preceded the Iliad, and has been described as an introduction.[3] The poem contained an account of the Judgement of Paris, the rape of Helen, the abandonment of Philoctetes on the island of Lemnos, the landing of the Achaeans on the coast of Asia Minor, and the first engagement before Troy. Proclus, in his Chrestomathia, gave an outline of the poem (preserved in Photius, cod. 239).

Plato puts quotes from Stasinus' works in the mouth of Socrates, in his dialogue Euthyphro.[4]

Surviving fragmentsEdit

  • Of Zeus, the author and creator of all these things,/ You will not tell: for where there is fear there is also reverence. - fragment cited by Socrates in the Euthyphro dialogue


  1. ^ Jonathan Burgess, Kyprias, the 'Kypria,' and Multiformity Phoenix 56.3/4 (Autumn 2002), pp. 234-245.
  2. ^ Jonathan Burgess, Kyprias, Poet of the Iliaka
  3. ^ Thus it forms the earliest identifiable "prequel".
  4. ^ Plato, Euthyphro 12a–b (Stasinus Cypria Fr. 20).


  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Stasinus". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.