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The metre is an Ionic a Majore Dimeter Catalectic, the terminal metre being Trochaic.

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or, as Hephaestion, who quotes the passage, calls it, an Ionic Hephthemimeral (p. 62, ed. Gaisford, comp. p. 26), and it confirms the statement of the writer on music, appended to Censorinus (c. 9), that Telesilla went further than Alcman in breaking up the strophes into short verses. (Fulv. Ursin. Carm. novem illustr. Femin. Antwerp, 1568, 8vo. pp. 49, foil.; Wolfius, Poetriarum Fragmenta, Hamb. 1734 and 1735, 4to., with the preliminary Dissertation of Olearius; Telesillae Frag, in the Program. Acad. Upsal. 1826, 8vo.; Schneidewin, Delect. Poes. Graec. p. 374; Bergk, Poet. Lyr. Graec. pp. 742, 743 ; Fabric. JBibl. Graec. vol. ii. p. 157; Bode, Gesch. d. Hellen. Dichtkunst, vol. ii. pt. 2, pp. 118, foil.) [P. S.]

TELESINUS, C. LU'CIUS, consul a. d. 66 with Suetonius Paulinas. He is praised by Phi-lostratus as a philosopher, and was, in consequence of his love of philosophy, banished by Domitian. (Tac. Ann. xvi. 14 ; Dion Cass. Ixiii. 1; Philostrat. Vit. Apoll. iv. 40, vii. 11, viii. 12.)


TELESIPPA (TeAeViTTTra), a lyric poetess of Lesbos, and one of the friends of Sappho. (Suid.; comp. sappho, p. 70S.) [P. S.

TELESIS (TeAeo-ts), of Methymna, an epic poet, not mentioned by any of the ancient authors, ,, but referred to on the Borghese tablet as the author of a Titanomachia (Weichert, uber Apollon. Rhod. p. 197; Bode, Gesch. d. Hellen. Dichtkunst, vol. i. p. 396'). [P. S.J

TELESON and MNASITFMUS (TeAeVco*/, Mvcwi'n/Aos), are names belonging to a family of Rhodian artists, with whom we have become acquainted through the inscriptions recently dis­covered by professor Ross in the Acropolis of Lindos, in Rhodes, from two of which we learn that Mnasitimus, the son of Teleson, made a bronze statue of Onomastus in Lindos, and Mnasitimus and Teleson together made a bronze statue of Calibrates. Ross supposes that the Mnasitimus of both inscriptions was the same person, and that, as the former Teleson was the father, so the latter Teleson was the son, of Mnasitimus, chiefly because, in the second inscription, the name of Mnasitimus is put before that of Teleson. (Ross, Inschriften von Lindos auf Rhodos, Nos. 5, 6, in the Rhein. Mus. 1846, vol. iv. pp. 171—173.)

From the same source we learn that there was a statuary Mnasitimus, the son of Aristonidas, as Ross, with great probability, completes the name, the inscription giving only . NA2ITIMO2API2Tn ....... ; and it is most likely that we have here

the very artist whom Pliny mentions only as a painter. (H. N. xxxv. 11. s. 40. § 42; Ross, I. c. No. 11, pp. 180, 181). [P. S.]

TELESPHORUS (TeAeo^opos), that is, " the completing," is the name of a medical divinity who is mentioned now and then in connection with Asclepius. Pausanias (ii. 11. § 7) says: "In the sanctuary of Asclepius at Titane sacrifices are of­fered to Enamerion, to whom a statue is there erected ; and, if I am not mistaken, this Ename­rion is called at Pergamus Telesphorus, and at


Epidaurus Ausius." (Comp. M'uller> Anc. Art and its Rem. § 394.) [L. S.]

TELESPHORUS (TeAeo^o'pos), a general in the service of Antigonus, the king of Asia, who was sent by him in b. c. 313, with a fleet of fifty ships and a considerable army to the Peloponnese, to oppose the forces of Polysperchon and Cassander. His arms were at first very successful; he drove out the Macedonian garrisons from all the cities of the peninsula, except Sicyon and Corinth, which, were held by Polysperchon himself; but having joined with Medius in an attempt to relieve Oreus, to which Cassander had laid siege, they were de­feated, with the loss of several ships. (Diod. xix. 74, 75.) The following summer (b. c. 312) An­tigonus having conferred the chief direction of the war in the Peloponnese upon his nephew Ptolemy, Telesphorus was so indignant that he shook off his allegiance, and having induced some of his soldiers to follow him, established himself in Elis on his own account, and even plundered the sacred treasures at Olympia. He was, however, soon after, induced to submit to Ptolemy. (Id. ib. 87.) [E. H. B.]

^TELESTAS or *TELESTES (TeAeVras, Te-Ae0T?]s). 1. A dancer, employed in the tragedies of Aeschylus; of whom Athenaeus (i. p. 22, a.) relates that his skill was so great, that, in the representation of the Seven against Thebes* he made the actions manifest by his mimetic dancing, no doubt as leader of the chorus. (Muller, Hist. Lit. of Greece, vol. i. p. 314.)

2. Of Selinus, a distinguished poet of the later Athenian dithyramb, is mentioned by Diodorus Siculus (xiv. 46) as flourishing at 01. 95. 3, b. c. 398, with Philoxenus, Timotheus, and Polyeidus ; and this date is confirmed by the Parian Marble (Ep. 66), according to which Telestes gained a dithyrambic victory in b.c. 401. (Comp. Clinton, F. H. vol. ii. s. aa. 401, 398). He is also men­tioned by Plutarch (Alex. 8), who states that Alexander had the dithyrambs of Telestes and Philoxenus sent to him in Asia. He is also re­ferred to by the comic poet Theopompus, in his Althaea (Ath. xi. p. 501, f.; Meineke, Frag. Com. Graec. vol. ii. p. 793, where Meineke promises some future remarks upon the poet). Aristoxenus wrote a life of him, which is quoted by Apollonius Dyscolus (Plist. Mirab. 40, in Westermann's Pa* radoxographi, p. 113) ; and Aristratus, the tyrant of Sicyon, erected a monument to his memory, adorned with paintings by Nicomachus. (Plin. H. N. xxxv. 10. s. 36. § 22, where the common reading is Telesti, not Telestae; nicomachus).

The only remains of the poetry of Telestes are some interesting lines preserved by Athenaeus (xiv. pp. 616, foil., 626, a., 637, a), from which we learn that the following were among the titles of his pieces, 'Ap7W, 'actka^ttjo's, 'TfyieVcctos ; and also that, in his poetry, he praised the music of the flute, and opposed the poet Melanippides re­specting the subject of the rejection of that instru­ment by Athena. These fragments have been metrically analyzed by Bockh (de Metr. Pind. pp. 274, foil.). From the description of Dionysius (C. V. 19), his style appears to have been a mixture of bold and lofty with soft and complex rhythms, passing from one to the other by the most abrupt transitions. The statement of Suidas, that he was a comic poet, is a mere blunder. Athenaeus, whom Suidas avowedly copies, does not specify the kind of his poetry, no doubt because every well-informed

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