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(Δεικηλίκται; Deikēlíktai). According to Ath. 14,621d-f a Laconic term for players in the simple street theatre, who acted out farcical scenes such as ‘Fruit-Thief’ or ‘The Foreign Doctor’ (= μίμοι, μιμολόγοι). Despite variable spellings (δικηλισταί, δεικελισταί, δεικηλικταί), the Suda as well as MSS derive the word deikeliktai from δίκηλον, δείκελον (díkēlon, deíkelon) ‘imitation’, ‘presentation’ [cf. 1]. The anecdote in Plutarch (Apophthegmata Laconica 212ef Plut. apophth. Lac. 212ef; cf. Agesilaus 21Plut. Agesilaus 21) demonstrates the inferior…

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Furley, William D. (Heidelberg), “Deikeliktai”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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