Callias I, Testimonia and Fragments

LCL 513: 148-149

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ii Cratinus F 361 (ap. Hephaestion Handbook 15.21)

πλὴν Ξενίου νόμοισι καὶ Σχοινίωνος, ὦ Χάρων.

iii Σ Aristophanes Knights 528b

τοὺς ἐχθρούς· τοὺς περὶ Καλλίαν φησί.

iv IG ii2 2318.76–78

κωμ[ῳδῶν Ἀνδ[ ἐχορήγει Καλ[λίας ἐδίδασκεν

v IG ii2 2325.53

Καλλία]ς II

vi IG Urb. Rom. 216.1–6

—Γ΄ ἐν ἄστει——ἐ]πὶ Ἀντιοχίδου Κύ[κλωψιν—— —Λήναια————ς κωμῳδίᾳ. Δ΄ ἐν ἄ[στει ἐπὶ—— ———————κω]μῳδίᾳ· ἐπὶ Τιμοκλέ[ους—— ————Λήναια] ἐπὶ Θεοδώρου Σατύροις [——


ii Except, Charon, the tunes of Xenius and Ropey.1

iii By “rivals” [of Cratinus] he means Callias and his lot.

iv [from the results of the contests for 446] com[edies/And[. . . . was chorēgus/Cal[lias produced

v [from the list of victors at the Dionysia] Callia]s 21

vi [from a Roman inscription listing comic poets and their plays in order of their placings]

. . . in the archonship of Antiochides (435/4) with Cy[clopes . . .

. . . comedy. 4th place: at the Dionysia . . .

. . . comedy; in the archonship of Timocle[s (440/39) . . . . . . in the archonship of Theodorus (438/7) with Satyrs . . .

  • 1Hephaestion quotes three lines in the cratinean metre, all with a metatheatrical context. “Ropey” could in view of T 1 refer to Callias, but who Xenius (or Xenias) is we are not certain, although it has been suggested that it too is a nickname for a comic poet accused of being a foreigner (i.e., Aristophanes or Phrynichus).
  • 1Not as far-fetched a supplement as it might seem. We have the names of Cratinus, Diopeithes, Crates, Teleclides, Pherecrates, and Hermippus elsewhere on the list, and we need a comic poet whose name fits the available space with known success in the 440s. Callias fits the bill admirably.
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.callias_i-testimonia_fragments.2011