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date: 09 December 2022


, Athenian tragedian, fl. 4th cent. bce


, Athenian tragedian, fl. 4th cent. bce
  • Andrew Brown


Carcinus (2), son of *Xenocles and grandson of *Carcinus (1), a tragic poet who is said to have written 160 plays (*Suda). He competed at the *Lenaeac.376 bce, and won the first of his eleven victories at the *Dionysia shortly before 372. He paid several visits to the court of *Dionysius (2) II of Syracuse (Diod. Sic. 5. 1. 1). He was cited by *Lysias and *Menander (1), and *Plutarch (De glor. Ath. 7) speaks very highly of his Aerope. *Aristotle often refers to him: Poet. 16 (recognition scene in Thyestes), 17 (a fatal error of stagecraft in Amphiaraus), Eth. Nic. 7, 8 (the endurance of Cercyon in Alope), Rh. 2. 23 (an argument in Medea, a version in which *Medea was wrongly accused of killing her children, as a papyrus fragment now confirms), 3. 16 (arguments of Jocasta in Oedipus).


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