Crates II, Testimonium

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Testimonium

i Suda κ 2340

Κράτης, Ἀθηναῖος, κωμικὸς καὶ αὐτὸς τῆς ἀρχαίας κωμῳδίας. φέρεται αὐτοῦ δράματα τρία, Θησαυρός, Ὄρνιθες, Φιλάργυρος.

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Crates II

The entry in the Suda to Crates (κ 2339) is followed immediately by κ 2340, where another Crates of Old Comedy is recorded with three titles, none of which is ever mentioned or cited elsewhere. Diogenes Laertius (see above T 2) knows of only one comic poet of that name. Of the three titles preserved, Treasure is a common title in Middle and New Comedy, but nothing like it appears in Old Comedy, while Money-Lover sounds like the type of character again frequent in later comedy. The easiest explanation is that a poet named Crates from the fourth century has been erroneously described as a “poet of Old Comedy.”

Testimonium

i Crates: of Athens, himself also a poet of Old Comedy. Three plays by him are preserved: Treasure, Birds, Money-Lover.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.crates_ii-testimonium.2011