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Archilochos of Paros

Archilochos of Parus was a Greek poet. He was born in 680 BC (Paros) and died in 645 BC (Naxos).

Archilochos came from poor circumstances, being the illegitimate son of his father Telesikles and his slave Enipo. He led a poor, restless and boisterous life. He later moved to the island of Thasos, in whose service he died during the war with Naxos.

Many of Archilochos' works have not survived, but he was to produce mainly satirical poetry. He used iambic and is considered the founder of Greek lyric poetry, especially iambic poetry.