[tur-tee-uh s]


flourished 7th century b.c., Greek poet.

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tyrtaeus

Historical Examples of tyrtaeus

  • No date is given, but Lycurgus must apparently be thinking of a date prior to Tyrtaeus, as we shall see later.

  • But he was yet something more: he could, if he pleased, be a Tyrtaeus; he was no fighter—where was there ever a poet that was?

    Wild Wales

    George Borrow

  • The earliest of the Greek elegists, Callinus and Tyrtaeus, use elegy to rouse a warlike spirit in sinking hearts.

  • The virtue of Tyrtaeus, although needful enough in his own time, is really of a fourth-rate description.



  • The martial poet Tyrtaeus, and the oligarch Theognis, furnish him with happy illustrations of the two sorts of courage.