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Stesimbrotus of Thasos, who lived near about the same time with Cimon, reports of him that he had little acquaintance either with music, or any of the other liberal studies and accomplishments, then common among the Greeks; that he had nothing whatever of the quickness and the ready speech of his countrymen in Attica; that he had great nobleness and candour in his disposition, and in his character in general resembled rather a native of Peloponnesus than of Athens; Plutarch

He is also mentioned in Plato's Ion as one of those together with Plato and Metrodorus of Lampsacus who did not like the Characters of the Gods in the stories of Homer.

Stesimbrotos of Thasos (Ancient Greek: Στησίμβροτος; c. 470 BC – c. 420 BC) was a sophist, a rhapsode and logographer, a writer on history, and an opponent of Pericles and reputed author of a political pamphlet On Themistocles, Thucydides, and Pericles. Plutarch used writings by Stesimbrotos in his Life of Pericles, asserting that the coolness between Pericles and his son Xanthippos was due to Pericles seducing his daughter-in-law. Walter Burkert has suggested Stesimbrotos as the author of the Derveni papyrus (Burkert 1987:44, 58 n.6). According to Plato's Ion, he was also known for his literary interpretations of Homer.

He is mentioned in Plutarch's Cimmon. He is probably one of the earliest authors who uses the word "liberal studies".

Ion. Very true, Socrates; interpretation has certainly been the most laborious part of my art; and I believe myself able to speak about Homer better than any man; and that neither Metrodorus of Lampsacus, nor Stesimbrotus of Thasos, nor Glaucon, nor any one else who ever was, had as good ideas about Homer as I have, or as many. Plato's Ion

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