Alcman

Alcman ălk´mən [key], fl. 620 BC, Greek lyric poet of Sparta. He was the earliest writer of Dorian choral poetry whose work has survived. Short choral fragments and a longer one (part of a parthenion or choir song for girls) are extant. His verse, simple, clear, and musical, was often sung at festivals.

See his Partheneion (ed. by D. L. Page, 1951) Archilochos, Sappho, Alkman (tr. by G. Davenport, 1980).

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