Aristonymus, Testimonium and Fragments

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The Poets of old Comedy



i Suda α 3936

Ἀριστώνυμος, κωμικός. τῶν δραμάτων αὐτοῦ ἐστιν Ἥλιος ῥιγῶν, ὡς Ἀθήναιος ἐν Δειπνοσοφισταῖς.

Fragments ΘΗΣΕΥΣ

As one would expect, Theseus was a popular character in Athenian drama, both in tragedy and comedy. In tragedy he was a character in Euripides’ Suppliant Women, Heracles, the Hippolytus plays, Aigeus, and Theseus—it is sometimes thought that Theseus was a satyr play—and in Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus and his lost Phaedra. The




Described in T 1 merely as “a comic poet,” F 3 records that he, Ameipsias, and Sannyrion made fun of Aristophanes for entrusting the production of his comedies to others (e.g., Philonides and Callistratus), who, it is alleged, took the credit for Aristophanes’ work. This should place Aristonymus in the later years of the fifth century BC. No other reference in the nine brief fragments helps with a date.


i Aristonymus, a comic poet. Among his plays is The Sun is Cold, according to Athenaeus in The Learned Banqueters [287c].

Fragments Theseus

early tragedian, Achaeus, also wrote a Theseus. In Old Comedy he appears to have been a character in Cratinus’ Run-Aways (F 53), and a comedy called “Theseus” is attested for Theopompus. It has been suggested that F 1 describes the meal set before Theseus by Hecale or the search by Theseus for Minos’ ring (see Bacchylides 17).

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.aristonymus-testimonium_fragments.2011