Mimnermus


Mimnermus

▪ Greek poet
flourished c. 630 BC, Smyrna, Asia Minor [now İzmir, Tur.]

      Greek elegiac poet, long thought to have been from Colophon; that city claimed him because of his portrayal of the city's foundation in his poetry. In his historical epic, Smyrneis, Mimnermus recounts the courageous acts of a warrior (who may have been his grandfather) in the fighting after Smyrna was attacked in the 660s BC by Gyges, king of the Lydians, near the Hermus River (present-day Gediz Nehri, Tur.). The battle may be the source of the name Mimnermus, which in Greek means “one who resists on the Hermus.” In one fragment the poet mentions a solar eclipse, perhaps referring to the one that was visible from Smyrna on April 6, 648.

      His most influential poems were a set of elegies addressed to an aulos-playing girl named Nanno. Quotations of Mimnermus's poetry in later writers' works indicate that mythological narratives were important elements in his poems; for example, in one fragment the poet describes the daily toil of the Sun, whose travel takes him every night from west to east. In another fragment, he reworks the traditional parallel, found already in Homer's Iliad, between the natural cycle of the leaves and the phases of human life. Mimnermus's work emphasizes the fleeting and pessimistic aspects of both.

      Mimnermus's later reputation suggests that, in his poetry on the whole, erotic themes, including the praise of attractive boys, were more important than mythological ones. He famously took a gloomy view of old age and prayed that he would die at 60; the more optimistic Solon of Athens scolded him in writing for wishing such a fate.

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