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Hypothesis

(437 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
(ὑπόθεσις). Einleitung, Inhaltsangabe. [English version] A. Literaturhistorisch Für die Trag. kann man drei Typen unterscheiden: 1. die in peripatetischer Tradition (Dikaiarchos fr. 78 Wehrli) stehenden hypothéseis des Aristophanes [4] von Byzanz; sie enthalten eine knappe Inhaltsangabe, verweisen auf die Behandlung desselben Stoffes bei einem anderen Tragiker, benennen den Schauplatz, die Identität des Chors und den Prologsprecher und geben weitere Informationen zur Aufführung (Datierung, Titel der anderen gleichzeiti…

Pythangelos

(19 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[English version] (Πυθάγγελος). Nur in Aristoph. Ran. 87 erwähnter Tragiker des 5. Jh. v. Chr. Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Anagnorisis

(524 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[English version] (auch Anagnorismos, ἡ ἀναγνώρισις, ὁ ἀναγνωρισμός). Nach Aristot. poet. 11,1452a-b ist die A. der t.t. für die “Wiedererkennung” im Drama. Aristoteles definiert A. als Umschlag von Nichtwissen in Wissen mit der Wirkung, daß Freundschaft in Feindschaft umschlägt und umgekehrt. Dramatisch am wirkungsvollsten ist die A., die zugleich mit der Peripeteia eintritt. Aristoteles unterscheidet drei Spielarten der A. im Hinblick auf das Objekt: die Wiederkennung von Personen, von leblosen Gegenständen und davon, ob man etwas getan hat oder…

Mamerkos

(18 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[English version] (Μάμερκος). Bei Plut. Timoleion 31,1 erwähnter Tragiker des 4. Jh.v.Chr. (TrGF I 87). Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Polychares

(27 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[English version] (Πολυχάρης). Dichter des beginnenden 4. Jh. v. Chr. Ob er Tragiker oder Dithyrambiker war, ist nicht zu entscheiden (DID B 6). Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Pharadas

(26 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[English version] (Φαράδας) aus Athen; nach 85 v.Chr. in Thespiai (Boiotien) mit einem Satyrspiel an den Museia erfolgreich (TrGF I 173). Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Prolog

(991 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
(ὁ πρόλογος, lat. prologus, prologium). [English version] A. Begriff In der Aufzählung der einzelnen Bauteile (μέρη, mérē) der Tragödie in der ‘Poetik definiert Aristoteles p. als ganzen Abschnitt einer Trag. vor der párodos des Chores (Aristot. poet. 13,1452b 22 f.) [9. 471 f.]. Der Begriff p. wird jedoch schon vor Aristoteles im technischen Sinne verwendet: Aristophanes bezeichnet in den ‘Fröschen den p. als ‘ersten Teil einer Trag.’ (Aristoph. Ran. 1120: τὸ πρῶτον τῆς τραγῳδίας μέρος), womit allerdings auch nur die Eröffnungsverse bzw. die einleitende rhḗsis

Euripides (Εὐριπίδης).

(4,024 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[English version] [1] der att. Tragiker, 5. Jh. v. Chr. Der attische Tragiker. Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg) [English version] A. Biographie Wichtigste Zeugnisse sind die in mehreren Hss. überlieferte Vita, das Marmor Parium, die Suda, Gell. 15,20 und die Vita des Satyros. Nur wenige Daten aus dem Leben des E. können als gesichert gelten: Geb. zw. 485 und 480 v.Chr. auf Salamis, Sohn eines Mnesarchos oder Mnesarchides. An den Großen Dionysien nahm er zum ersten Mal 455 teil, den ersten Sieg errang er 441. Nur vie…

Intrige

(187 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[English version] (τὸ μηχάνημα, τὸ τέχνημα, mēchánēma, téchnēma). Bereits Hom. Od., B. 19-24 weist die enge Verbindung von Wiedererkennungsszenen (Anagnorisis) und I. auf, wie sie für die att. Trag. charakteristisch ist. Locus classicus ist Aischyl. Choeph. Bei Euripides fehlt in fast keinem Stück die I., so daß ihn Aristoph. Thesm. 94 zu Recht “Meister des Intrigenspiels” nennen kann. Vor allem im Spätwerk konzipiert Euripides Anagnorisis-I.-Dramen: Nach der Wiedererkennung wird die Rettung durch eine I. bewerkstelligt (z.B. Eur. Iph. T. 1017ff.; Eur. Hel. 1034ff.). Im Ion fin…

Rhesis

(413 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[English version] (ἡ ῥῆσις), allg. “Rede” (Hom. Od. 21,291). Bereits im 5. Jh. v. Chr. t.t. für eine Rede im Drama, bes. in der Tragödie (zum Begriff vgl. Aristoph. Ach. 416, Nub. 1371, Vesp. 580, Ran. 151; Aristot. poet. 1454a 31, 1456a 31). Der Umfang einer rh. reicht von ca. 7 bis über 100 V. (Eur. Ion 1122-1228, Phoen. 1090-1199, Bacch. 1043-1152). Die wichtigste Funktion von rhḗseis im Handlungszusammenhang besteht in der Informationsvergabe. In der Prolog- rh. werden häufig von einem Gott die für die Handlung wichtigen Voraussetzungen dargelegt (Eur. Ion 1-81; Me…

Dithyrambos

(931 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[English version] (ὁ διθύραμβος). Chorlied zu Ehren des Dionysos. Über Herkunft und Bed. des Namens wird seit der Ant. spekuliert. Das Wort ist sicher eine nichtgriech., vielleicht phryg. Bildung; am wahrscheinlichsten dürfte die Rückführung auf íambos (ἴαμβος; Zweischritt) und ( thríambos (θρίαμβος; Dreischritt) sein [1]. In einer umstrittenen Passage der Poetica (4,1449a 10-13Aristot. poet. 4,1449a 10-13) bringt Aristoteles den D. als Vorstufe in einen genetischen Zusammenhang mit der Trag. (oder nach anderer Deutung [2] mit der Komödie). In der Gesch. der Gattung lass…

Mesatos

(20 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[English version] Griech. Tragiker, mehrfach nach 468 v.Chr. an den Dionysien erfolgreich (TrGF I 11). Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Epirrhematisch

(82 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[English version] Abgeleitet von tó epírrhēma (τό ἐπίρρημα), d.h. die auf eine lyrische Partie folgende Rede. Unter e. Komposition versteht man die Abfolge von lyrischer und gesprochener (bzw. rezitierter) Partie. Aischylos setzt diese Kompositionsform häufig in halblyrischen Amoibaia ein. In der Alten Komödie findet sich die e. Komposition in der Parabase und im e. Agon. Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg) Bibliography Th. Gelzer, Der e. Agon bei Aristophanes, 1960  B. Zimmermann, Unt. zur Form und dramatischen Technik der Aristophanischen Komödien I, 21985, 253-261.

Epiparodos

(57 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[English version] Wiedereinzug des Chores nach Auszug aus der Orchestra während eines Stücks (μετάστασις χοροῦ, vgl. Poll. 4,108); so in Aischyl. Eum. 231, 244; Soph. Ai. 814, 866Soph. Ai. 866; Eur. Alc. 746, 861, Hel. 385, 515,Eur. Hel. 385, 515 Rhes. 564, 674Eur. Rhes. 564, 674; Aristoph. Eccl. 310, 478. Parodos Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg) Bibliography O. Taplin, The Stagecraft of Aeschylus, 1977, 377-381.

Exodos

(256 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[English version] (ἔχοδος, allg. “Auszug”, “Ende”). Nach Aristot. poet. 1452b 21f. ist die E. der Teil einer Tragödie, auf den kein Chorlied (Stasimon) mehr folgt (Schlußakt). Von dieser weitgefaßten Definition wird man sinnvollerweise E. im engeren Sinne als den Auszug des Chores am Ende eines Dramas unterscheiden (vgl. Aristoph. Vesp. 582). Die häufigste Form in der Tragödie ist der “Ecce-Schluß”: Die Tat und der Täter werden in einer pathosgeladenen Schlußszene präsentiert (zunächst zumeist ind…

Philoxenides

(25 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[English version] (Φιλοξενίδης) aus Oropos, Satyrspieldichter, nach 85 v.Chr. an den Amphiaraia und Romaia in Oropos erfolgreich (TrGF I 170). Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Morychos

(20 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[English version] Tragiker des ausgehenden 5. Jh.v.Chr., nach Aristophanes-Scholien wegen seiner Schlemmerei bekannt (TrGF I 30 T 1-3). Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Kritias

(355 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[English version] (Κριτίας) aus Athen, geb. um 460 v.Chr., entstammte einer alten att. Adelsfamilie, mütterlicherseits war er Onkel von Platon. Wie Alkibiades [3] gehörte er dem Kreis um Sokrates an. Polit. zählte er zu den antidemokratischen Kräften: 415 wurde er der Teilnahme am Hermokopidenfrevel bezichtigt, 411 war er Mitglied im oligarchischen Rat der 400 (Tetrakosioi). Nach der demokratischen Restauration hielt er sich bis 404 in Thessalien auf, nach der athenischen Niederlage 404 war er ein…

Spintharus

(65 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] (Σπίνθαρος; Spíntharos). Tragic poet (TrGF I 40), according to Suda σ 945 author of a Heracles burned and a ‘ Semele struck by lightning. Since Heraclides [16] Ponticus (fr. 13 Wehrli) describes him as an old man, he cannot be identical to the Phrygian S. mentioned in Aristoph. Av. 762, but must have lived in the 4th cent. BC. Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Katharsis

(608 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] (ἡ κάθαρσις; hē kátharsis). Katharsis, derived from καθαίρειν ( kathaírein, purge), generally means any type of purgation and elimination of visible (dirt) and invisible uncleanliness (religious defilement: míasma, cf. Hdt. 1,35; Aristot. Poet. 17,1455b 15). In the 2nd half of the 5th cent. BC the term was used as medical term for the removal of harmful substances from the human body or soul (LSJ, s.v. κ. II). The cultic-ritual and medical-psychological meanings have merged in Aristotle's concept of katharsis, which of old has been a matter of scholarly con…

Mesatus

(23 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] Greek tragedian, who enjoyed success at the Dionysia several times after 468 BC (TrGF I 11). Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Morychus

(32 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] Tragedian from the closing years of the 5th cent. BC; according to the scholia on Aristophanes he was known for his gluttony (TrGF I 30 T 1-3). Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Polychares

(21 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] (Πολυχάρης/ Polychárēs). Early 4th cent. BC poet, uncertain whether of tragedy or dithyramb (DID B 6). Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Polites

(156 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
(Πολίτης/ Polítēs). [German version] [1] Son of Priamus Son of the Trojan king Priamus and Hecabe. During the Trojan War, he saves his wounded brother Deiphobus (Hom. Il. 13,533 ff.). The goddess Iris appears once in his guise (ibid. 2,786 ff.). He is killed at the altar in the palace of Neoptolemus [1] (Verg. Aen. 2,526 ff.). According to Cato (Orig. fr. 54 HRR), he reaches Latium with Aeneas (Aeneas [1]) and founds the city of Politorium. Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg) [German version] [2] Companion of Odysseus According to Paus. 6,6,7 ff., one of the companions of Odysseus; r…

Sclerias

(49 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] (Σκληρίας/ Sklērías) or Sclerius (Σκλήριος/ Sklḗrios), tragic poet cited by Stobaeus (TrGF I 213), dates unknown. It is unlikely that the Skolion (PMG 890) which only Stobaeus ascribes to S. (TrGF I 213 F 5) is in fact by him (testimonies in PMG 651). Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Timesitheus

(44 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] [1] Tragedian (Τιμησίθεος; Timēsítheos). Greek tragedian, mentioned in the Suda (τ 613), not datable. According to Suda τ 613, author of 11 tragedies (TrGF I 214). Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg) [German version] [2] see Furius [II 5] see Furius [II 5]

Cleaenetus

(50 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] (Κλεαίνετος; Kleaínetos). Tragedian (TrGF I 84), won the 3rd place at the Lenaeans in 363 BC; mocked by  Alexis as not exacting (Fr. 268 PCG), by  Philodemus (84 T 3 TrGF I) as a worse poet than Euripides. ‘Hypsipyle’ is attested as a title. Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Theodorides

(35 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] (Θεοδωρίδης; TheodōrÍdēs). Greek tragedian (TrGF I 78 A), took second place at the Athenian Lenaea in 363 BC with a Medea and a Phaethon (DID A 2b, 94). Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Pythangelus

(21 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] (Πυθάγγελος; Pythángelos). Tragedian of the 5th cent. BC, mentioned only in Aristoph. Ran. 87. Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Sinis

(85 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] (Greek Σίνις/Sínis, robber). One of the scoundrels who are killed by Theseus in their own vicious manner ( e.g. Bacchyl. 18,19-22): S., a son of Poseidon with the cognomen Pityokámptēs ('spruce bender'), is a brigand on the Corinthian Isthmus who ties the arms and legs of travellers to spruce trees that he bent down before. When he lets the trees shoot up, the victims are torn apart. He dies in the same fashion following the principle of Talion Law. Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Messenger scenes

(478 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] Longer rhesis in drama, in which other characters or the chorus are informed, either behind or off scene, of events that have taken place before or during the dramatic action and that could not represented on stage either because of the means or the conventions of Attic drama. These reports, furnished with all available rhetorical means, are usually presented by a main or a supporting figure (Eur. Heraclid. 389ff; Soph. El. 680ff.), but often by a nameless messenger specifically introduced for this purpose (ἄγγελοι/ ángeloi or ἔξαγγελοι/ éxangeloi, if the message co…

Mnesilochus

(103 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
(Μνησίλοχος/ Mnēsílochos). [German version] [1] see Mnasilochus See Mnasilochus Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg) [German version] [2] Father-in-law of Euripides Father-in-law of Euripides [1], of the deme of Phlya. In our sources, the daughter's name varies between Choerile and Melito. In the hypothesis to Aristophanes' ‘Thesmophoriazousai the kēdēstḗs (close relative) of Eupolis is incorrectly identified with M. (also in manuscript R). Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg) Bibliography U. v. Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, Euripides, Herakles I 1895, 7. [German version] [3] Secon…

Hypothesis

(474 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
(ὑπόθεσις; hypóthesis). Introduction, summary. [German version] A. History of literature Three types can be distinguished in tragedy: 1. The hypothéseis of  Aristophanes [4] of Byzantium found in the Peripatetic tradition ( Dicaearchus fr. 78 Wehrli); they contain a brief summary, point to the treatment of the same material by another tragedian, name the setting, the identity of the chorus and the speaker of the prologue and give further information on the play's performance (dating, title of the author's other p…

Perdix

(132 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] (Πέρδιξ/ Pérdix , also called Talus or Calus), great-grandson of Erechtheus, nephew of  Daedalus [1], whose skill he surpassed - he is considered the inventor of, among other things, the saw and the compass (Ov. Met. 8,246ff.; Hyg. Fab. 39; Verg. G. 1,143) - and who therefore threw him to his death from the Acropolis  (Soph. fr. 323 TrGF; Hyg. Hab. 39). In Ov. Met. 8,251-253 P. is rescued by Athena, who turns him into a partridge ( perdix), which watches the burial of Daedalus's son Icarus [1], who also fell to his death, maliciously applauding with its wings ( ibid. 236ff.). Ac…

Didaskaliai

(700 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
(αἱ διδασκαλίαι; hai didaskalíai). [German version] I. Greek Derived from the verb διδάσκειν, the singular didaskalía has the general meaning of ‘teaching’, ‘instruction’ (Pind. Pyth. 4,102; Xen. Cyr. 8,7,24) and in a special sense of ‘choral training’ (Pl. Grg. 501e); in the plural it is a technical term for lists of dramatic and choral productions with associated details: year of performance (archon), poet, title, festival, choregos, actors. The entries were made in the archive of the authority responsible for the production, such at least was the case in A…

Thespis

(238 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] (Θέσπις; Théspis) from Icarium [1] in the Attic deme of Icaria [1. 49], according to one tradition attested on the  Marmor Parium (43) the ‘inventor’ ( prôtos heuretḗs ) of tragedy (TrGF I 1 T 2), according to another (Suda θ 282 = T 1) the sixteenth or second tragedian after Epigenes [0] of Sicyon. Between 535/4 and 532/1, he is supposed to have presented the first tragedy at the great Dionysia in Athens (but cf. [3]) and is considered to be the inventor of theatrical masks (made of linen, T 1). By adding a prologue ( prólogos) and a  rhêsis , he transf…

Antiphellus

(182 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Theatre | Lycii, Lycia | Education / Culture (Ἀντίφελλος; Antíphellos). Lycian harbour town, modern Kas̨; it may have originally been named Habesos (Plin. HN 5,100). In the 5th/4th cents. BC, A. belonged to  Phellus, was listed in Ps.-Scyl. 100 as πόλις καὶ λιμήν ( pólis kai limḗn, town and port), and, in the 2nd cent. BC, minted its own coins as an independent polis within the Lycian Confederacy [1; 2]. Municipal offices and institutions reveal Rhodian influence, originating from the Rhod…

Amoibaion

(495 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] Generally antiphonal singing (Theoc. 8,31), also dialogue in tragedy (Pl. Resp. 394b), today terminologically established as antiphonal singing in the drama. In the listing of the components of the tragedy in ‘Poetics’ (12,1452b 22) Aristotle differentiates songs for the stage (τὰ ἀπὸ τῆς σκηνῆς) and kommoi as special cases. Whereas in the first instance only the actors are involved (monodies, duets), with the kommoi the collaboration of actors and chorus is decisive. As, however, not all antiphonal singing between choir and actor(s) can be d…

Epiparodos

(60 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] The return of the chorus after it had left the orchestra during the performance of a play (μετάστασις χοροῦ; metástasis choroû, cf. Poll. 4,108), as in: Aesch. Eum. 231, 244; Soph. Aj. 814, 866 ; Eur. Alc. 746, 861, Hel. 385, 515, Rhes. 564, 674 ; Aristoph. Eccl. 310, 478.  Parodos Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg) Bibliography O. Taplin, The Stagecraft of Aeschylus, 1977, 377-381.

Epeisodion

(118 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] (τὸ ἐπεισόδιον; tó epeisódion, from the adjective ἐπεισόδιος; epeisódios, ‘inserted’). According to Aristot. Poet. 12,1452b 20f. part of a tragedy between two entire chorus parts (that is between the  parodos and the first   stasimon or between two stasima). The term epeisodion is found as a technical term only in the Poetica, other authors speak of a méros or mórion. Aristotle also uses the terminus epeisodion in the Poetica in a more general sense for ‘section’, ‘episode’ (e.g. 17,1455b 13 Aristot. Poet. 17,1455b 2.15.18.27.). In the Old Comedy,…

Pratinas

(743 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] (Πρατίνας/ Pratínas) of Phlius (in the Peloponnese), according to the Suda π 2230 (TrGF I 4 T 1) the inventor of the satyr play; son of a Pyrrhonides or Encomius (descriptive names: son of a 'red-head' or of 'a member of a - Dionysian - komos'; on the red hair and beards of satyrs cf. Dioscorides, Anth. Pal. 7,707,3 and  Soph. Ichn. 358). Two dates are attested for his life: between 499 and 496 he entered a tragedic agon against Aeschylus [1] and Choerilus [2] (T 1); and 467 is a  terminus ante quem for his death: that year his son Aristias [2] entered with plays by P. ('…

Nothippus

(30 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] (Νόθιππος; Nóthippos). Athenian tragedian (TrGF I 26), mentioned by the comic poet Hermippus in his Moîrai (prob. performed 430 BC) (Fr. 46 PCG). Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Pereus

(37 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] (Περεύς; Pereús). Son of the Arcadian king Elatus [3] and Laodice; father of Neaera [3] who was the wife of Aleus [1], the founder of Tegea (Paus. 8,4,4; Apollod. 3,102). Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Satyr play

(1,196 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
(σατυρικὸν δρᾶμα, satyrikòn drâma). [German version] A. Origins As in the case of Greek tragedy, the debate on the origins of the SP also starts with an observation in Aristotle's Poetics. According to Aristot. Poet. 1449a 19 ff., tragedy had initially dealt with minor topics in a humorous language and only later acquired its appropriate solemnity, because it had developed from the satyresque (ἐκ σατυρικοῦ, ek satyrikoû) and its original nature had been more that of a dance (ὀρχηστικωτέρα, orchēstikōtéra). Aristotle thus did not claim in any way that tragedy had developed…

Theudotus

(32 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] (Θεύδοτος; Theúdotos). Greek tragedian (TrGF I 157), victorious with the satyr play Palamedes presumably in Magnesia [2] in the 1st cent. BC (DID A 13,5). Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Pharadas

(29 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] (Φαράδας; Pharádas) from Athens; was successful with a satyr play after 85 BC at the Museia in Thespiae (Boeotia) (TrGF I 173). Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Deus ex machina

(407 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] (Θεὸς ἀπὸ μηχανῆς; theòs apò mēchanês). Crane-like stage machinery (μηχανή, γέρανος, κράδη; mēchanḗ, géranos, krádē) that became proverbial as early as the 4th cent. BC, by which a deity could suddenly appear hovering and traversing the air, and imbue the plot with fresh momentum or bring it to an end (cf. Pl. Cleit. 407a; Crat. 425d; Antiphanes 189,13-16 PCG; Alexis 131,9 PCG; Men. Theophorumene fr. 5 Sandbach = 227 Körte; Cic. Nat. D. 1,53). Its use in the parodies of Aristophanes (Pax 174ff.…

Choregia

(217 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] (ἡ χορηγία; hē chorēgía). Office of the choregos; from c. 500 BC a special form of   leitourgia in Athens. The choregia was imposed on prosperous citizens by the appropriate archon, and young notables were glad to use this kind of leiturgia in order to win political esteem (in 472 Pericles was choregos for Aeschylus' ‘Persians; cf. also Thuc. 6,16,3 on Alcibiades). The political significance of the choregia becomes especially clear in the dithyrambic agon, where it is not the poet but the choregos who is named in the inscription ( Didaskaliai). Towards the end o…

Sosiphanes

(83 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
(Σωσιφάνης; Sōsiphánēs). [German version] [1] Tragedian, died 336/333 or 324/321 BC S. of Syracuse, tragedian (TrGF I 92), died 336/333 or 324/321 BC. The Suda (σ 863) credits him with 73 plays and 7 victories. Meléagros is attested as a title. Inclusion in the Pleiad of tragic poets (TrGF T 1) relates to S. [2]. Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg) [German version] [2] Tragedian, born 306/5 BC Tragedian (TrGF I 103), born 306/5 BC, numbered among the Pleiad of tragic poets. Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)

Philicus

(114 words)

Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg)
[German version] (Φίλικος; Phílikos) of Corcyra (Corfu). Poet and tragedian, priest of Dionysus at Alexandria in the reign of Ptolemy II Philadelphus (285-246 BC). Member of the Pleias, often confused with Philiscus [4] of Aegina (TrGF I 89; I 104 T1, T4). Nothing survives of the 24 tragedies attributed to him. A large section is preserved of a hymn to Demeter in stichic catalectic choriambic hexameters (SH 676-680). In it, Demeter is consoled for the loss of her daughter with the prospect of cultic honours at Eleusis and by the wit of the maiden Iambe (in direct speech). Zimmermann, Bernhar…
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