Quintus Smyrnaeus, also known as Kointos Smyrnaios (Greek:
Κόϊντος Σμυρναῖος), was a Greek epic poet whose
Posthomerica, following "after Homer" continues the narration of the
The dates of Smyrnaeus's life are controversial, but they are
traditionally placed in the latter part of the 4th century AD. "His
date is approximately settled by two passages in the poem, viz. vi.
531 sqq., in which occurs an illustration drawn from the man-and-beast
fights of the amphitheatre, which were suppressed by Theodosius I.
(379-395 A.D.); and xiii. 335 sqq., which contains a prophecy, the
special particularity of which, it is maintained by Tychsen  and
Koechly, limits its applicability to the middle of the fourth
Some scholars suggest an earlier date in the 3rd or even the 2nd
century, arguing that his
Posthomerica shows an influence from the
"Second Sophistic", the school of Greek orators who flourished in the
1st and 2nd centuries. According to his own account (xii. 310), he
began composing poetry in his early youth while tending sheep near
Smyrna (present-day İzmir). His epic in fourteen books, known as
the Posthomerica, covers the period between the end of Homer's Iliad
and the end of the Trojan War. Its primary importance is as the
earliest surviving work to cover this period, the archaic works in the
Epic Cycle, which he knew and drew upon, having been lost.
His materials are borrowed from the cyclic poems from which Virgil
(with whose works he was probably acquainted) also drew, in particular
1 The Posthomerica 2 Notes 3 References 4 External links
The first four books, covering the same ground as the
^ Thomas Christian Tychsen, Quinti Smyrnaei Posthomericorum libri XIV. Nunc primum ad librorum manoscriptorum fidem et virorum doctorum coniecturas recensuit, restituit et supplevit Thom. Christ. Tychsen acceserunt observationes Chr. Gottl. Heynii (Strassburg: Typhographia Societatis Bipontinae) 1807. ^ Armin H. Köchly, Quinti Smyrnaei Posthomericorum libri XIV. Recensuit, prolegomenis et adnotatione critica instruxit Arminius Koechly (Leipzig: Weidmannos) 1850. ^ A.S. Way, Introduction 1913. ^ This may be read as a literary topos, aligning him with the herder-poet Hesiod. There are parallels in the early careers of Apollo and Paris as well. ^ Cointi Smyrnaei, popularis Homeri, poëtae vetustissimi et suavissimi, Ilii excidii libri duo, Reditus Graecorum capta liber unus. Expositi olim in schola Ilfeldensi et editi nunc studio, industria et labore Laurentii Rhodomanni. (Leipzig: Steinmann) 1577.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Quintus Smyrnaeus". Encyclopædia Britannica. 22 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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