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Sémónides of Amorgos

Sémónides of Amorgos was a Greek writer and poet. He was born in the 7th century BC (Samos) and died in the 6th century BC.

The name Sémónidése of Amorgos is derived from the island of Amorgos, which he took part in colonizing.

Sémónidés wrote his works in Jambo. An elegiac poem about the ancient history of the inhabitants of Samos is attributed to him. In all, however, only 30 fragments of his iambic poems survive, written in vigorous Ionic Greek. His poetry is an instrument of bitter satire interspersed with melancholy.