But he was yet something more: he could, if he pleased, be a Tyrtaeus; he was no fighter—where was there ever a poet that was?
The earliest of the Greek elegists, Callinus and Tyrtaeus, use elegy to rouse a warlike spirit in sinking hearts.
The martial poet Tyrtaeus, and the oligarch Theognis, furnish him with happy illustrations of the two sorts of courage.
The virtue of Tyrtaeus, although needful enough in his own time, is really of a fourth-rate description.
No date is given, but Lycurgus must apparently be thinking of a date prior to Tyrtaeus, as we shall see later.
After these, excellent Homer and Tyrtaeus animated the manly mind to martial achievements with their verses.
It was a little lame schoolmaster, Tyrtaeus, who aroused the Spartans by his poetry and led them to victory against the foe.
When did man forget to rush like Tyrtaeus to the combat, a sword in one hand, the lyre in the other?
A little later Tyrtaeus was composing his famous elegies in Sparta.