Greek elegiac poet, long thought to have been from Colophon; that city claimed him because of his portrayal of the city's foundation in his poetry. In his historical epic, Smyrneis, Mimnermus recounts the courageous acts of a warrior (who may have been his grandfather) in the fighting after Smyrna was attacked in the 660s BC by Gyges, king of the Lydians, near the Hermus River (present-day Gediz Nehri, Tur.). The battle may be the source of the name Mimnermus, which in Greek means "one who resists on the Hermus." In one fragment the poet mentions a solar eclipse, perhaps referring to the one that was visible from Smyrna on April 6, 648.
Learn more about Mimnermus with a free trial on Britannica.com.