Crates II, Testimonium

LCL 513: 232-233

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i Suda κ 2340

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


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.”


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

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.crates_ii-testimonium.2011