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date: 28 November 2022

Ameipsiaslocked

Ameipsiaslocked

  • Kenneth Dover

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Ameipsias, Athenian comic poet, contemporary with *Aristophanes (1). His Connus (see phrynichus (2)) was placed second to *Cratinus' Pytine and above *Aristophanes (1)'s Clouds in 423 bce (hyp. 5 Ar. Nub.). Connus was *Socrates' music-master, and the play may have had a similar character to Clouds. Socrates himself was a character (fr. 9 quoted by Diog. Laert. 2. 28, without naming the play) and the chorus consisted of phrontistae, i.e. *sophists (cf. the phrontistērion in Clouds). Comastae (‘Revellers’; see phrynichus (2)) won the first prize, defeating Aristophanes' Birds, at the City *Dionysia in 414 (hyp. 1 Ar. Av.). We have seven titles.

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  • Greek Literature

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