Choerilus of Iasus

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Choerilus of Iasus (Greek: Χοιρίλος) was an epic poet of Iasus in Caria, who lived in the 4th century BC. He accompanied Alexander the Great on his campaigns as court-poet. He is well known from the passages in Horace according to which he received a piece of gold for every good verse he wrote in celebration of the glorious deeds of his master.[1] The quality of his verses may be estimated from the remark attributed to Alexander, that he would rather be the Thersites of Homer than the Achilles of Choerilus. The epitaph on Sardanapalus, said to have been translated from the Chaldean,[2] is generally supposed to be by Choerilus.[3]


  1. ^ Chisholm 1911 cites Epistles, ii. 1, 232; Ars Poetica, 357
  2. ^ Chisholm 1911 notes quoted in Athenaeus, viii. p. 336
  3. ^ Chisholm 1911.


  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Choerilus" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 6 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 260. In this article, he is the third poet named Choerilus discussed. This article cites
    • G. Kinkel (1877). Epicorum Graecorum Fragmenta. p. i.
    • August Ferdinand Näke (1817). De Choerili Samii Aetate Vita et Poesi aliisque Choerilis. where the above poet is carefully distinguished from the others of the same name
    • Pauly-Wissowa (1899). Realencyclopädie der Classischen Altertumswissenschaft. iii. p. 2.
    • Walsh, J. (2011) “The Lamiaka of Choerilus of Iasos and the Genesis of the term ‘Lamian War,’” CQ 61.2: 538–44.