Ameipsias, Testimonia and Fragments

LCL 513: 62-63

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The Poets of Old Comedy

iii IG ii2 2325.62


iv IG ii2 2325.133


v Hypothesis V Clouds

αἱ πρῶται Νεφέλαι ἐδιδάχθησαν ἐν ἄστει ἐπὶ ἄρχοντος Ἰσάρχου, ὅτε Κρατῖνος μὲν ἐνίκα Πυτίνῃ, Ἀμειψίας Κόννῳ.

vi Hypothesis I Birds

ἐδιδάχθη ἐπὶ Χαρίου ἄρχοντος διὰ Καλλιστράτου ἐν ἄστει, ὃς ἦν δεύτερος τοῖς Ὄρνισι· πρῶτος Ἀμειψίας Κωμασταῖς, τρίτος Φρύνιχος Μονοτρόπῳ.

vii Aristophanes Frogs 12–15

{ΞΑΝΘΙΑΣ.} τί δῆτ᾿ ἔδει με ταῦτα τὰ σκεύη φέρειν, εἴπερ ποήσω μηδὲν ὧνπερ Φρύνιχος εἴωθε ποιεῖν καὶ Λύκις κἀμειψίας σκεύη φέρουσ᾿ ἑκαστότ᾿ ἐν κωμῳδία;

viii Com. adespot. K.-A. VIII F 244

οὐδ᾿ Ἀμειψίαν ὁρᾶτε πτωχὸν ὄντ᾿ ἐφ᾿ ὑμῖν;1

  • 1ὑμῖν Α, ἡμῖν DIH, ὑμῶν Σ.

The Poets of Old Comedy

iii [from the list of victors at the Dionysia—from the early 410s, quite likely the victory with Revellers in 414].


iv [from the list of victors at the Lenaea—from the late 400s or 390s]


v The first version of Clouds was produced at the City Dionysia in the archonship of Isarchus [424/3], when Cratinus won with Wine-Flask, then Ameipsias with Konnos.

vi [Birds] was performed at the Dionysia in the archonship of Charias [415/4] through Callistratus. Aristophanes was second with Birds. Ameipsias was victorious with his Revellers, Phrynichus third with his Hermit.

vii (XANTHIAS) So why did I have to carry this baggage if I won’t be doing any of the jokes that Phrynichus is used to doing, and Lycis and Ameipsias, people carrying baggage in every comedy?

viii And you people don’t even notice a beggar Ameipsias among you?1

  • 1Meineke, followed by K.-A., read the name as “Amynias,” the pseudoploutos at Wasps 1267–74. The MS tradition is divided between “you” and “us.”
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.ameipsias-testimonia_fragments.2011