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Stratonicus
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(Στρατόνικος/Stratónikos) from Athens, 4th cent. BC [1], kithara teacher. Tradition claims that he was the first to play on multiple strings, to teach music theory to his students and to compose a table of modes (διάγραμμα/diágramma) [3; 4. 367 f.]; “he was also a brilliant master of witticisms (geloîon)” (Ath. 8,352d). In fact, S. was famous for his clever speech (eutrápeloi lógoi; Ath. 8,348c) and the ready wit of his answers (eustochía; ibid. 8,352d). A collection of his jokes can be found in Ath. 8,40-46, pp. 347f-352d (for other jokes, see [3]).

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Gärtner, Hans Armin (Heidelberg), “Stratonicus”, 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 08 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1124170>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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