Callinus (fl. mid-7th century BC, Ephesus, Ionia, Asia Minor)
Greek elegiac poet, the few surviving fragments of whose work reflect the troubled period when Asia Minor was invaded by the Cimmerians, a race originating in what was later southern Russia. The longest fragment is an appeal to young men to cast off their cowardly sloth and prepare to fight--and if necessary die--in defense of their country. While the poem's vocabulary and imagery are Homeric, the phrasing is sometimes fresh and original.