Priscianus, ap. G.L., III, 423, 35: Nec solum comici huiusce modi sunt usi iambis, sed etiam tragici vetustissimi, ut . . . (424, 9) Accius . . . (16) in Persidis—

Satin ut, quem cuique tribuit fortuna ordinem, numquam ulla humilitas ingenium infirmat bonum?

Philocteta sive Philocteta Lemnius

When Philoctetes was bitten in the foot by a snake, he was exposed, at Agamemnon’s orders, on Lemnos, because of his groans and the smell from his sore. He had with him the magic arrows of Hercules and was tended by Iphimachus, a royal shepherd. Agamemnon, learning that Troy could not be taken without those arrows, sent Ulysses and Diomcdes to


Apuleius, de Deo Socr., 24: Accius Ulixen laudavit in Philocteta suo in eius tragoediae principio—

Chorus Inclute parva prodite patria, nomine celebri claroque potens pectore, Achivis classibus auctor, 525gravis Dardaniis gentibus ultor, Laertiade;

novissime patrem memorat.

Cp. Mar. Victorin., ap. G.L., VI, 77, 4; Atil. Fortunat. (Caes. Bass.), ap. 267, 22; Charis., ap. I, 290, 1.

  • 522prodite Apulei., p̄dite cdd. Charis. praedite Victorin., Fortunat.
  • 524auctor Apulei., Victor. ductor Sarisb.


Perseus’ Sons a


Priscianus: And not only did the comic poets use iambics of this sort, but the oldest tragic writers also; for example . . . Accius . . . in Perseus’ Sons

Is it enough that whatsoever rank Is granted unto any man by fortune, Not any humble state at any time Enfeebles a righteous heart?

Philoctetes or Philoctetes On Lemnos

Philoctetes to reconcile him. This they succeeded in doing. When Philoctetes reached Troy, he was cured by Machaon. This play of Accius was in part at least based on Aeschylus (see p. 507). The chorus was apparently composed of companions of Ulysses and Diomedes.


Opening of the play. Chorus to Ulysses on his landing on Lemnos:

Apuleius: Accius praised Ulysses in his Philoctetes, in the beginning of that tragedy—


O man renowned, brought forth by a little land, master of a famous name and strong in honoured heart, to the Achaean fleets a supporter, b to the clans of Dardanus a stern punisher, son of Laertes;

He mentions the father last.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.accius-tragedies.1936