Just like his
contemporary Sappho, Alcaios lived on Lesbos. It has sometimes been suggested
that the two were lovers.
about war, love and wine, and he invented a new kind of verse called Alcaic.
This kind of verse had four lines with the third being a little shorter, and
the last one having a falling rhythm. In Latin his phrase "vino veritas"
is often quoted, which originally translated "Wine, dear child, and truth".
Alcaios was an opponent of the tyrant Pittacus, and once tried to overthrow him. Pittacus, being a merciful tyrant, let him go, though.