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[al-see-uh s]
  1. flourished c600 b.c., Greek poet of Mytilene.
  2. Classical Mythology. a son of Androgeus and a grandson of Minos.
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Examples from the Web for alcaeus

Historical Examples

  • Horace had tuned his ear upon the lyres of Sappho and Alcaeus.


    Theodore Martin

  • And the noble son of Alcaeus led them, rejoicing in his host.

  • The fragments have been edited (with those of Alcaeus) by J. Pellegrino .

  • Alcides, a common name for Hercules, who was descended from Alcaeus.

  • According to an epigram quoted by Vossius from the Anthologia, Alcaeus, the comic writer, died under this very punishment.

British Dictionary definitions for alcaeus


  1. 7th century bc, Greek lyric poet who wrote hymns, love songs, and political odes
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