Aeschylus, Doubtfully Ascribed Fragments

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Doubtfully Ascribed Fragments


οὐ χρὴ λέοντος σκύμνον ἐν πόλει τρέφειν

Aristophanes, Frogs 1431a (Aeschylus speaking); attributed to Aeschylus by Grotius

Most mss. (but not V A Eac Kac Mac Np1 Vb3) add another verse (1431b) μάλιστα μὲν λέοντα μὴ ᾿ν πόλει τρέφειν, which Zielinski diagnosed as a doublet of 1431a1

452a (61a)

τί δ᾿ ἀσπίδι ξύνθημα καὶ καρχησίῳ;

Anonymous collection of proverbs (CPG Suppl. i p.41); attributed to Aeschylus by Kaibel, to The Edonians by Kassel (cf. fr. 61)

καρχησίῳ Cohn: καρχησίων cod.


ὃς εἶχε πώλους τέσσαρας ζυγηφόρους φιμοῖσιν αὐλωτοῖσιν ἐστομωμένας

Eustathius on Iliad 18.495, citing Pausanias the Atticist (α 169 Erbse); attributed to Aeschylus by Soping and Stanley (misled by Eustathius’ reference, just previously, to Pausanias α168 which cites Aesch. fr. 419); attribution doubted by Erbse, but can still be supported on stylistic grounds


Doubtfully Ascribed Fragments


One ought not to rear a lion’s whelp in a city.1


What connection has a shield with a drinking-cup?

Possibly from Lycurgus’ taunting interrogation of Dionysus (cf. Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae 140, cited above on fr. 61).1 465

. . . who had four young mares under the yoke, equipped with muzzles with pipes.1

From a description of a warrior in a chariot (Memnon has been suggested).
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.aeschylus-doubtfully_ascribed_fragments.2009