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Platonius
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(Πλατώνιος; Platṓnios). Literary theorist of unknown date. The Prolegomena in Aristophanem preserves two treatises of P. on Attic Comedy (one epitome [1] is disputed); they show Peripatetic influence, are highly schematic and in parts factually imprecise: 1. Perì diaphorâs kōmōidiôn, a justification of the distinctions between Old and Middle Comedy. Shifts in content and form (literary criticism, διασύρειν/diasýrein, in place of political and personal attacks, σκώπτειν/skṓptein; disappearance of the chorus sections/parabaseis; grotesque in place of …

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Simons, Roswitha (Düsseldorf), “Platonius”, 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 30 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e927300>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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