Greek writers


Arion was a Greek poet and singer. He was born in the 7th century BC (Mithymna) and died in the 7th century BC.

Arion lived in Corinth near Periander, where he supported himself as a singer and kithara player. Aristotle saw the beginnings of tragedy in his performances with the satyr chorus.

Arion is often depicted on the back of a dolphin. He was supposed to save him from the crew of a ship that wanted to rob and murder him. He escaped them by jumping into the sea, where he mounted the back of a dolphin, which he attracted by his singing. The poet is said to have erected a monument to the spot where he stepped out of the sea.

His work has not survived.