Simonides


Σιμωνίδης (Simonides) (sixth to fifth century BCE) bore both fame and infamy in the ancient world—fame for his wisdom and for creating a system of memory and infamy for taking money for his poems from wealthy patrons. Close friends with Anacreon, he lived differently than his profligate fellow poet, spending little, hoarding wealth. Simonides became a revered public figure, writing public memorial and encomium poems.