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date: 08 December 2022

Apollodorus(3)locked

, 'the Athenian', of Carystus, Greek New Comedy poet, 3rd cent. bce

Apollodorus(3)locked

, 'the Athenian', of Carystus, Greek New Comedy poet, 3rd cent. bce
  • Geoffrey Arnott

Extract

Apollodorus (3), of Carystus, New Comedy poet (see comedy (greek), new), more famous than *Apollodorus (2) of Gela, and sometimes referred to as ‘the Athenian’ (which may imply the grant of Athenian *citizenship). He wrote 47 plays and won five victories (Sudaα 3404). A contemporary of *Posidippus (1), he produced his first play c.285 bce. His Ἑκύρα (‘Mother-in-law’) and Ἐπιδικαζόμενος (‘Claimant’) were respectively the models for *Terence's Hecyra and Phormio. These Latin adaptations seem to indicate that Apollodorus was greatly influenced by *Menander (1), and that one of his characteristics was a fussy attention to detail in the organization of his plots. Fr. 5: the folly of Greek fighting Greek.

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  • Greek Literature

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