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MESOMEDES of Crete, Greek lyric poet, who lived during the 2nd century A.D. He was a freedman of the emperor Hadrian, on whose favourite Antinous he is said to have written a panegyric. Two epigrams by him in the Greek anthology (Anlhol. pal. xiv. 63, xvi. 323) and a hymn to' Nemesis are extant. The hymn is of special interest as preserving the ancient musical notation written over the text. Two other hymns to the muse Calliope and to the Sun formerly assigned to Dionysius of Alexandria, have also been attributed to him.

See J. F. Bellermann, Die Hymnen des Dionysius und Mesomedes (1840); C. de Jan, Musici scrtptores graeci (1899); S. Reinach in Revue des etudes grecques, ix. (1896) ; Suidas, s.v.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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