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Pigres of Halicarnassus


Black Clock Audio Tales 97: Batrachomyomachia

Pigres, a native of Halicarnassus, either the brother or the son of the celebrated Artemisia, satrap of Caria. He is spoken of by the Suda as the author of the Margites and the Batrachomyomachia. The latter poem is also attributed to him by Plutarch, and was probably his work. One of his feats was a very singular one, namely, inserting a pentameter line after each hexameter in the Iliad, thus: —Μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος. Μοῦσα· σὺ γὰρ πάσης πείρατ᾽ ἔχεις σοφίης.Sing, goddess, of the ruinous wrath of Achilles, son of Peleus. Muse, for you possess the means of all wisdom.
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