CinesiasTestimonia Vitae Atque Artis
1 Pherecrates fr. 155 Kassel-Austin = [Plut.] Mus. 30. 1141ef
Κινησίας δέ <μ᾿> ὁ κατάρατος Ἀττικός, ἐξαρμονίους καμπὰς ποιῶν ἐν ταῖς στροφαῖς 10ἀπολώλεχ᾿ οὕτως ὥστε τῆς ποιήσεως τῶν διθυράμβων, καθάπερ ἐν ταῖς ἀσπίσιν, ἀριστέρ᾿ αὐτοῦ φαίνεται τὰ δεξιά. ἀλλ᾿ οὖν ἀνεκτὸς οὗτος ἦν ὅμως ἐμοί. Φρῦνις δ᾿ . . .
2 Ar. Av. 1372ss.
Κ. ἀναπέτομαι δὴ πρὸς Ὄλυμπον πτερύγεσσι κούφαις· πέτομαι δ᾿ ὁδὸν ἄλλοτ᾿ ἐπ᾿ ἄλλαν μελέων—
Π. τουτὶ τὸ πρᾶγμα φορτίου δεῖται πτερῶν.1375
Κ. —ἀφόβῳ φρενὶ σώματί τε νέαν ἐφέπων.
Life and WorkThe Comic Poets
1 Pherecrates, Cheiron1
Cinesias on the other hand, that damned Athenian, has so damaged me with the exharmonic twists2 he makes within his strophes that just as in shields3 you can’t tell his right from his left when he composes his dithyrambs.4 But he was bearable all the same: Phrynis on the other hand . . .5
2 Aristophanes, Birds (414 b.c.) (Cinesias turns up in Cloudcuckooland and speaks with Peisetaerus)
C. See, I fly up on light wings to Olympus,1 I fly now to this path of song, now to that—
P. Here’s something that needs a load of feathers.
C. —with fearless heart and body following a new path.
- 1Continued from Melanippides test. 6. The speaker is Music.
- 2Modulations from one harmonia to another: cf. Ar. Clouds 333, ‘the song-twisters of the circular choruses’, where the scholiast says the dithyrambic poets Cinesias, Philoxenus and Cleomenes are meant; also 969 ff. = Phrynis test. 2. See A. Barker, Greek Musical Writings i 237 n. 200. The ‘twists’ and ‘turns’ (strophai) fit Music’s account of her sexual misadventures.
- 3With their reflecting surfaces.
- 4‘You might as well play [his music] backwards’ (Barker, loc. cit.). E. K. Borthwick, Hermes 96 (1968) 63 ff. relates the shields and ‘right’ and ‘left’ to C.’s Pyrrhic dance (see test. 3).
- 5Continued at Phrynis test. 1.
- 1Anacreon 378. 1.