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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Bion of Smyrna (fl. c. 100 B.C.)

Bion (bī’on). A Greek pastoral poet; usually said to have lived in the 3d century B.C., though modern scholars are inclined to put him later. He appears to have passed the latter part of his life in Sicily. His pastorals betray a degree of refinement and sentimentality not found in the earlier and more spontaneous bucolic poets. Still extant is his ‘Lament for Adonis,’ often imitated by subsequent poets. Besides this there remain of his works only short pieces, many of them fragmentary. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).