Epilycus, Testimonium and Fragments

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The Poets of Old Comedy

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Testimonium

i Suda ε 2450

Ἐπίλυκος, κωμικὸς ποιητής. τῶν δραμάτων αὐτοῦ ἐστι Κοραλίσκος, ὡς Ἀθήναιος.

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Epilycus

Epilycus

Crates is said (Suda κ 2339) to have had a brother Epilycus, an epic poet. Was he in fact (or also) a poet of Old Comedy? The perfumed ointments of F 1 are mentioned several times in the fragments of Old Comedy, but not exclusively so (see Athenaeus 690–91). But the other comic allusions to the Spartan kopis (F 4) cited by Athenaeus (138e, 140a) are all from poets of Old Comedy (Cratinus F 175, Eupolis F 147, Philyllius F 15).

Testimonium

i Epilycus: comic poet, whose plays include Young’un, according to Athenaeus [citing F 1, 2, 4, 5].

Fragments Young’un

Photius (p. 198.15) records that kōraliskos is a Cretan term for meirakion (youth). The speaker of F 4 is a Dorian Greek, perhaps a Cretan, but more likely in view of the kopis (a Spartan festival) to have been a Spartan. Compare the Doricisms in Eupolis’ Helots (F 147, 149).

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.epilycus-testimonium_fragments.2011