Eunicus, Testimonium and Fragments

LCL 514: 20-21

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The Poets of Old Comedy



i Suda αι 222

Αἴνικος, Ἀθηναῖος, κωμικός. ἔστι δὲ τῆς ἀρχαίας κωμῳδίας. δράματα αὐτοῦ Ἄντεια.




The Suda (T 1) gives the name of a poet of Old Comedy as “Ainikos” and his one title as Anteia. As Athenaeus and Pollux assign an Anteia to a Eunicus (Eunikos), Meineke “corrected” the text of the Suda accordingly. At Aristotle Eudemian Ethics 1238a32–39 a statement about lovers and loved ones (F 2) is attributed to someone whose name has been restored by Jackson as “Ainikos.” Are all these references to one man, and is his name Eunikos or Ainikos? As the hetaera Anteia, who gave her name to the comedy, was active in the early fourth century, if Eunicus “belongs to the Old Comedy” (T 1), then he was active in the very last years of the genre.


i Eunicus [MSS “Ainicus”]: of Athens, comic poet. He belongs to the Old Comedy. His plays include Anteia.


At 567c and 586e Athenaeus lists comedies named after hetaerae, including Anteia by “Eunicus or Philyllius.” Anteia (PAA 131297) was a celebrated hetaera of the early fourth century, mentioned as a friend of Lais at Anaxandrides F 9 and the subject of a comedy by Antiphanes.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.eunicus-testimonium_fragments.2011