Aristophanes, Attributed Fragments

LCL 502: 240-241

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Attributed Fragments


(i) Life of Ar. (T 1.59) ἀντιλέγεται δ΄ (δράματα) ὡς οὐκ ὄντα αὐτοῦ . . . Ποίησις, Ναυαγός, Νῆσοι, Νίοβος, ἅ τινες ἔφασαν εἶναι τοῦ Ἀρχίππου.

(ii) Scholia on Ar. Wasps 61c οὐ μόνον ἐν τοῖς Δράμασιν εἰσῆκται οὕτως Εὐριπίδης, ἀλλὰ καὶ ἐν τῷ Προάγωνι καὶ ἐν τοῖς Ἀχαρνεῦσιν.


278 Photius 451.13

ἐγὼ γάρ, εἴ τι σ᾿ ἠδίκηκ᾿, ἐθέλω δίκην δοῦναι πρόδικον ἐν τῶν φίλων τῶν σῶν ἑνί

279 Pollux 3.74

ἀνοιγέτω τις δώματ᾿· αὐτὸς ἔρχεται.

280 Pollux 10.185

ἀλλ᾿ ἐς κάδον λαβών τιν᾿ οὔρει πίττινον



t ii says that Euripides was a character “in Dramas” (thus giving a date before 406 for one of the plays, unless Euripides appeared in an underworld scene) and suggests that this Dramas preceded Wasps (Lenaea 422); it would fit in Lenaea 426 or Dionysia 425. Fr. 295 mentions satire of Chaerephon in “the second Dramas” (thus giving a date within the fifth century for the second play). Fr. 303 may possibly allude to Cleon, who died in summer 422 but was mentioned in comedies produced subsequently.


(i) Ar. wrote 44 plays, four of which are said to be spurious . . . Poetry, Shipwrecked, Islands and Niobus, written, some say, by Archippus.

(ii) Not only was Euripides portrayed this way in Dramas but also in Proagon (t ii) and Acharnians (407–79).

Dramas or Centaur


for if I’ve done you any wrong, I am prepared to settle out of court with one of your friends79


let someone open the portals: himself is coming out


well, get a pitched crock and piss in that

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.aristophanes-attributed_fragments.2008