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For other individuals by this name, see Telesarchus (disambiguation).

Telesarchus or Telesarch (Greek: Τελέσαρχος, Telesarkhos) is a little-attested Greek author who wrote a work on the early history of Argolis, called the Argolicum or Argolica.[1] He is mentioned by Sextus Empiricus and scholia on Homer and on Euripides' Alcestis.[2] The availability of his writings was limited even among the Romans.[3]


  1. ^ W. McLeod, “The 'Epic Canon' of the Borgia Table: Hellenistic Lore or Roman Fraud?” Transactions of the American Philological Association 115 (1985), p. 161.
  2. ^ Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, v. 3, page 990; relevant passages from the Greek texts in Karl Müller, Fragmenta historicorum graecorum (Paris 1851), vol. 4, p. 508.
  3. ^ Alan Cameron, Greek Mythography in the Roman World (Oxford University Press, 2004), p. 163; also pp. 100–101.