Scripts Μυρτίς (Greek), Миртида (Macedonian/Serbian)
Other Forms FormsMyrtice (modern English variant), Mirtis (Portuguese), Mirtida (Macedonian/Serbian transliteration)
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Contributor Contrib.SeaHorse15 on 5/13/2012
Ancient Greek name presumably derived Greek μύρτος (múrtos, mýrtos) "myrtle". Myrtis of Anthedon (flourished 6th century BCE) was an early lyric poet and teacher, celebrated for being “sweet-sounding” and “clear-voiced” – but also criticised for being over-competitive with fellow poets. Her students purportedly included Pindaros of Thebes and Korinna of Tanagra.