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date: 30 October 2020

Agathonlocked

  • Andrew Brown

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Agathon, son of Tisamenus of Athens, was the most celebrated tragic poet after the three great masters. (See tragedy, greek.) He won his first victory at the *Lenaea in 416 bce, and the occasion of *Plato (1)'s Symposium is a party at his house in celebration of that victory. Plato emphasizes his youth in the Symposium and portrays him as a boy in the Protagoras (315d), of which the dramatic date is about 430, so he must have been born after 450. In the Protagoras he is seen in the company of the *sophist*Prodicus, and he appears to have been influenced in style by *Gorgias (1). In 411 he heard and approved *Antiphon (1)'s speech in his defence (Arist. Eth. Eud. 3. 5)—this suggests anti-democratic sentiments—and in the same year he was caricatured in *Aristophanes (1)'s Thesmophoriazusae.

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  • Classical Literature

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