IBYCUS, of Rhegium in Italy, Greek lyric poet, contemporary of Anacreon, flourished in the 6th century B.C. He lived a wan dering life, and spent a considerable time at the court of Poly crates, tyrant of Samos. Plutarch (De Garrulitate, xiv.) preserves the legend of his death. Attacked by robbers, he called on a flock of cranes to avenge him. Later, one of the robbers, in the theatre at Corinth, saw the cranes, and said "Behold the aveng ers of Ibycus," thus betraying himself. The "cranes of Ibycus" became proverbial. Ibycus wrote seven books of lyrics, partly mythical, but mainly erotic (Cicero, Tusc. Disp. iv. 33).
The best editions of the fragments are by F. W. Schneidewin and Bergk, Poetae lyrici Graeci.