The age of Theocritus and Bion has given place to—shall we say the age of the Cæsars, or the irruption of the barbarians?
That very day Bion and Nausicleides arrived laden with gifts for the army.
The most famous as well as the most powerful and original of Bion's poems remaining to us is the threnody upon Adonis.
Theocritus, Bion, and Moschus are the eponyms of idyllic poetry.
One may do worse than compare it with the Syrian syncopation of and ' in Bion's Adonis.
In comparison with Theocritus, Bion and Moschus are affected and insipid.
The statement of Moschus that Bion was poisoned by certain enemies appears to be intended as an assertion of actual fact.
The fame of Moschus will, however, depend upon the elegy on Bion.
Bion of Ionia and Moschus of Syracuse also charm by the music and often by the pathos of their bucolic verse.
About their deaths she only tells us through the dirge by Moschus, that Bion was poisoned.