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date: 06 July 2022


, Greek author


, Greek author
  • Peter Marshall Fraser
  •  and Simon Hornblower


The name of Lycophron is associated with two writers of the Hellenistic age, the identity of whom is the subject of much debate. They are here distinguished as (a) Lycophron and (b) ps.-Lycophron.(a) Lycophron, a native of *Chalcis, of the early 3rd cent. bce, active in *Alexandria (1), a member of the tragic *Pleiad, author of a number of tragedies and satyr-plays, and also a grammarian and glossographer of the comic poets, of whom a few glosses survive. The titles of some of the plays are conventional, of others topical (including one on his friend *Menedemus (1) of Eretria and one called the Cassandreis, the theme of which is unknown). Only a few fragments survive.(b) Ps.-Lycophron, author of the ‘monodrama’ Alexandra, written in the immediate aftermath of the victory of T. *Quinctius Flamininus at Cynoscephalae over *Philip (3) V of Macedon in 197/6 bce.


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