Alcaeus o Mytilene

Alcaeus o Mytilene (Greek: Ἀλκαῖος ὁ Μυτιληναῖος, Alkaios; c. 620 – 6t century BC), Greek lyric poet frae Lesbos Island wha is creditit wi inventin the Alcaic verse. He wis includit in the canonical leet o nine lyric poets bi the scholars o Hellenistic Alexandria. He wis an aulder contemporary an an alleged lover o Sappho, wi whom he mey hae exchynged poems. He wis born into the aristocratic govrenin cless o Mytilene, the main ceety o Lesbos, whaur he wis involved in poleetical disputes an feuds.

Alcaeus an Sappho, Attic reid-figur kalathos, c. 470 BC, Staatliche Antikensammlungen (Inv. 2416)