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Achaeus(2), of Eretria, Athenian tragic poet

Achaeus (2) of Eretria, Athenian tragic poet, to be distinguished from Achaeus of Syracuse, who may be the Achaeus who won a Lenaean victory c.356. According to the Suda the Eretrian was born in 484–480 bce, wrote 44 or 30 or 24 plays, the first produced between 447 and 444, and won one victory. Being unmentioned at Ar. Ran.73–87, he was probably dead by 405. Of 20 known titles at least eight are satyric, and the philosopher Menedemus (1) (a fellow Eretrian) thought his satyr-plays second only to those of Aeschylus (Diog. Laert. 2. 133). Didymus (1) seems to have written a commentary on him. Euripides is said to have adapted a maxim from him (fr. 6, cf. Eur. fr. 895), and he is quoted three times by Aristophanes (1) (Vesp.1081, Pax356, Ran.184). Athenaeus (1) (10. 451c) describes him as polished in style but liable to become obscure and enigmatical.


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