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Antipater of Sidon

Greece / Greek

Poems were written in Ancient mainly in Greek language. Dominant movement is classicism.


Antipater of Sidon (in Greek, Ἀντίπατρος), Antipatros or Antipatros Sidonios in the Anthologies, was a Greek poet in the second half of the 2nd century BC.

Antipater was the author of short elegiacs, some of which are preserved in the Greek Anthology, e.g., "Crown of Meleager". He also composed an epitaph for Sappho in which he stated that she died of natural causes and was buried in her homeland. Cicero (Oratore, III, 50 and de Fato, 2) described him as a brilliant epigrammist but sometimes too fond of imitation.

He, along with Philo of Byzantium, Strabo, Herodotus and Diodoros of Sicily, is attributed with the list of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which he described in a poem composed about 140 BC: