Apollophanes, Testimonia and Fragments

LCL 513: 82-83

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The Poets of Old Comedy



i Suda α 3409

Ἀπολλοφάνης, Ἀθηναῖος, κωμικὸς ἀρχαῖος. δράματα αὐτοῦ Δάλις, Ἰφιγέρων, Κρῆτες, Δανάη, Κένταυροι.

ii P. Oxy. 2659 F 1 col. i.5 [list of comic poets and their plays]


iii IG ii2 2325.132

Ἀπο[λλοφάνη]ς I

iv Lysias F 195 Carey

οὐ μετὰ τούτου ποτὲ Ἀπολλοφάνης καὶ Μυσταλίδης καὶ Λυσίθεος συνειστιῶντο, μίαν ἡμέραν ταξάμενοι τῶν ἀποφράδων, ἀντὶ δὲ νουμηνιαστῶν κακοδαιμονιστὰς σφίσιν αὐτοῖς τοὔνομα θέμενοι;




Apollophanes appears on the Lenaean victors’ list (T 3) with other poets of the last generation (Theopompus, Nicophon, etc.). If he is the man mentioned by Lysias (T 4), this would also suggest a date around 400 or in the 390s.


i Apollophanes, of Athens, poet of Old Comedy. His plays are Dalis, Mighty Old Man, Cretans, Danae, Centaurs.

ii [on a second-century AD papyrus listing comic poets and their plays]


iii [from the list of victors at the Lenaea]

Apo[llophane]s 1

iv Was it not with him [Cinesias] that Apollophanes and Mystalides and Lysitheus often had dinner together, selecting a day from those forbidden, and instead of “New- Mooners” [noumeniastai] giving themselves the name of “Evil-Spiriters” [kakodaimonistai]?1

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.apollophanes-testimonia_fragments.2011