Abu Temam, one of the greatest Arabic poets, born in Syria about 806, died at Mosul in 845 or 846. His poems are said to have procured him the favor of the Moslem courts and many thousand pieces of gold, and the Arabs say of him that "no one could ever die whose name had been praised in the verses of Abu Temam." He was also the compiler of three collections of select pieces of eastern poetry, the most esteemed of which, called the Hamasa, is praised by Sir William Jones.