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Αὐτοκράτης· Ἀθηναῖος, κωμικὸς ἀρχαῖος. τῶν δραμάτων αὐτοῦ Τυμπανισταί. ἔγραψε δὲ καὶ τραγῳδίας πολλάς.
ii P. Oxy. 2659 F 1 col. ii 5
1 Aelian On the History of Animals 12.9
οἷα παίζουσιν φίλαι πάρθενοι Λυδῶν κόραι κοῦφα πηδῶσαι <ποδοῖν κἀνασείουσαι> κόμαν 5κἀνακρουουσαι χέροιν
- 3-4supp. van Leeuwen.
i Autocrates, of Athens, poet of Old Comedy. Among his plays is the Drummers. He also wrote many tragedies.1
ii [from a second-century AD papyrus list of comic poets and their plays]
A tympanon was a handheld drum, like a modern tambourine, and with the aulos was part of the orgiastic worship of gods such as Dionysus and the Great Mother. Sophocles wrote a play with this title, perhaps a satyr play?
1 Just as the maidens play, dear daughters of the Lydians, lightly leaping <on their feet, shaking out> their hair with