Archilochus


Ἀρχίλοχος (Archilochus) (seventh century BCE) was banned from Sparta for writing verses that could corrupt children: not only for his poem of running away from a battle, but for the biting cruelty that marks his poems—so extreme, according to legend, that a poem written in revenge of a broken engagement resulted in the suicides of his fiancé, her sisters, and her father.