Aristagoras, Fragments

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Aristagoras

This poet is known only for his play Blockhead, about which there is some confusion. Three ancient sources attribute a play of this title to Platon, though with no fragments extant. Athenaeus 355a quotes a line from “Blockhead or Breezes” by Metagenes, but at 571b the choice is between Metagenes’ Breezes (four other fragments known) and Blockhead by Aristagoras. Of the five fragments of Aristagoras in PCG, two (F 1–2) are assigned to his Blockhead, two just to him (F 3–4), and one (F 5) to a Blockhead with no poet identified. Did Aristagoras perhaps act as the producer for Platon’s Blockhead, with confusion the result?

Blockhead

Brief fragments: (F 1) “of flowers,” (F 2) “king,” (F 3) “sheets” [of sails], (F 4) “scrotum,” (F 5) “aggregation.” See also Metagenes’ Breezes and Platon’s Blockhead.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.aristagoras-fragments.2011