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 (thē-ŏk′rĭ-təs) fl. third century bc.
Greek poet who composed the earliest known pastoral poems.


(Biography) ?310–?250 bc, Greek poet, born in Syracuse. He wrote the first pastoral poems in Greek literature and was closely imitated by Virgil
Theˈocritan, Theocritean adj, n


(θiˈɒk rɪ təs)

fl. c270 B.C., Greek poet.
References in classic literature ?
with the perfectly sincere poems of the Greek Theocritus, who gives genuine expression to the life of actual Sicilian shepherds.
His mental palate, indeed, was rather pagan, and found a savouriness in a quotation from Sophocles or Theocritus that was quite absent from any text in Isaiah or Amos.
The journalist who is based in Transmara says that he categorises his writing as a bucolic which he has greatly borrowed from the famous idylls written by a Greek poet Theocritus who was the creator of ancient Greek bucolic poetry.
The "primitive" to which he refers is the pastoral elegy dating from Theocritus.
He analyzes versions by Apollonius of Rhodes, Theocritus, Propertius, and Valerius Flaccus and Statius.
In the Hellenistic age, for example, the poet Theocritus employed Hylas as an emblem of his innovative bucolic verse, contrasting the boy with Hercules, who symbolized an older, heroic-epic tradition.
The bucolic poetry of Theocritus, although set in Greece, provides a model for Robinson's "new" nineteenth-century English ideal in that the issues with which Theocritus deals transcend time and place.
The major claim is that the setting is unambiguously derived from the literary tradition (especially Theocritus and Sappho), but that this literary texture is complicated by elements from the 'real' world--perhaps this mixed constitution is in part responsible for the oscillation between 'soft' and 'hard' pastoral outlooks?
As Theocritus had done before him, Montemayor uses the pastoral form to praise his homeland.
Finally, they are called by Theocritus Kara 0npia (line 23).
His literary patronage is especially associated with the poets Callimachus and Theocritus, who, in turn, had great influence on later Greek and Latin authors.
10 Daniel Sennert (1572-1637), quoting the views of Theocritus and Rhodiginus, dealt with acne and rosacea under the same heading.