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(i) Choeroboscus in Hephaestion, Handbook 9.235 Αἰολοσίκων δρᾶμα γέγονε πρῶτον καὶ δεύτερον Ἀριστοφάνους.

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Aeolosicon I/II

The title suggests that Sicon (a cook, perhaps the famous one mentioned in Sosipater 1.14) played the role of the mythical Aeolus in parody of Euripides’ play (produced before Clouds), which portrayed as incestuous the marriage of Aeolus’ six sons to his six daughters. The chorus contained women (fr. 9) but there may have been a semichorus of men (Aeolus’ sons and daughters?), as in Lysistrata. Heracles seems to have been a character (fr. 11).

Two versions of Aeolosicon were cited in antiquity but may have been two editions of the same play, one of them omitting the choral songs (cf. test. iii). If there were two plays, the date of the first production is unknown; the date of the second, the last play of Ar. produced, was after Cocalus (Dionysia of 387).

Fr. 715 has also been attributed to Aeolosicon on account of its metrical similarity to fr. 9.

(i) Ar.’s play Aeolosicon had a first and a second version.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.aristophanes-attributed_fragments.2008