Autocrates, Testimonia and Fragments

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ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΗΣ

Testimonia

i Suda α 4500

Αὐτοκράτης· Ἀθηναῖος, κωμικὸς ἀρχαῖος. τῶν δραμάτων αὐτοῦ Τυμπανισταί. ἔγραψε δὲ καὶ τραγῳδίας πολλάς.

ii P. Oxy. 2659 F 1 col. ii 5

Αὐτοκρ[άτους Τυμπα[νισταί

Fragments ΤΥΜΠΑΝΙΣΤΑΙ

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.
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Autocrates

Testimonia

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]

Autocr[ates’/Drum[mers

Fragments Drummers

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

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.autocrates-testimonia_fragments.2011