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date: 09 December 2022



  • Kenneth Dover
  •  and Christopher Pelling


Anaxandrides, Middle Comedy poet (see comedy (greek), middle), possibly of Rhodian birth (Ath. 374b; see rhodes), won the first prize ten times (Suda, entry under the name), three times at the *Lenaea (IG 22. 2325. 142). His first victory was in 376 (Marm. Par. 70), and he was active at least as late as 349 (IG 14. 1098. 8). Forty-one titles have survived, and over 80 citations; some of the titles look back to Old Comedy (e.g. Cities, Huntsmen; see comedy (greek), old), some forward to New Comedy (e.g. Madman, Samia; see comedy (greek), new), and many are mythological (e.g. Anchises, Protesilaus). The longer citations reveal a moralizing strain which earned him a place in anthologies. According to Chamaeleon (Ath. 374b) he also wrote dithyrambs; Chamaeleon also told an anecdote depicting his morose character (ibid.).


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