Theodoridas of Syracuse

Theodoridas of Syracuse (Greek: Θεοδωρίδας ὁ Συρακούσιος) was a lyric and epigrammatic poet from Syracuse, who is supposed to have lived at the same time as Euphorion, that is, about 235 BC;[1] for, on the one hand, Euphorion is mentioned in one of the epigrams of Theodoridas,[2] and, on the other hand, Clement of Alexandria quotes a verse of Euphorion ἐν ταῖς πρὸς Θεωρίδαν ἀντιγραφαῖς, where Schneider suggests the emendation Θεοδωρίδαν.[3]

He had a place in the Garland of Meleager. In addition to the eighteen epigrams ascribed to him in the Greek Anthology, about the genuineness of some of which there are doubts,[4][5] he wrote a lyric poem Εἰς Ἔρωτα, upon which a commentary was written by Dionysius, named ὁ Λεπτός,[6] a dithyramb titled "The Centaurs" (Κένταυροι),[7][8] licentious verses of the kind called φλύακες,[9] and some other poems, of which we have a few fragments, but not the titles. The name is more than once confused with Theodorus (Θεόδωρος) and Theodoritos (Θεοδώριτος).[10][11][12][13]


  1. ^ Smith, Philip (1867), "Theodoridas (2)", in Smith, William (ed.), Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 3, Boston, p. 1045
  2. ^ Ep. ix
  3. ^ Clement of Alexandria, Stromata v. p. 673
  4. ^ Richard François Philippe Brunck, Anal. vol. ii. p. 41
  5. ^ Jacobs, Anth. Graec. vol. ii. p. 42, vol. xiii. p. 959
  6. ^ Ath. xi. p. 475, f
  7. ^ Ath. xv. p. 699
  8. ^ Eustathius, On Odysseus p. 1571, 16
  9. ^ Suda s.v. Σωτάδης, as corrected by Augustus Meineke, Anal. Alex. p. 246
  10. ^ Johann Albert Fabricius, Bibl. Graec. vol. iv. p. 496
  11. ^ Bode, Gesch. d. Hellen. Dichtkunst, vol. ii. pt. 2, p. 333
  12. ^ Ulrici, vol. ii. p. 613
  13. ^ Schmidt, Diatribe in Dithyramb, pp. 147— 150