Leucon, Testimonia and Fragments

LCL 514: 320-321

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The Poets of Old Comedy



i Suda λ 340

Λεύκων· † Ἀγνώς, † γεγονὼς ἐν τοῖς Πελοποννησιακοῖς. τῶν δραμάτων αὐτοῦ ἐστι ταῦτα· Ὄνος ἀσκοφόρος, Φράτορες.

ἀγνώς codd., Ἅγνωνος Toup, Ἁγνούσιος Wolf.

ii IG ii2 2325.66


iii Hypothesis I Wasps

ἐδιδάχθη ἐπὶ ἄρχοντος Ἀμεινίου διὰ Φιλωνίδου . . .β΄ ἦν εἰς Λήναια. καὶ ἐνίκα πρῶτος Φιλωνίδης Προάγωνι. Λεύκων Πρέσβεσι.




One of the lesser figures of Old Comedy, Leucon competed against Aristophanes in 422 (with Envoys) and 421 (with Phratry-Members), finishing third on both occasions. Only Phratry-Members is ever cited; it may have been the only one available to the writers of antiquity. Leucon did win a victory at the Dionysia (T 2), but some years later, c. 410.


i Leucon, son of Hagnon (?) [or “of Hagnous,” an Attic deme], lived during the Peloponnesian War. His plays include: Bag-Bearing Donkey, Phratry-Members.

ii [on the list of victors at the Dionysia, c. 410] Leu[con

iii [Wasps] was produced in the archonship of Ameinias [423/2] through Philonides . . . it was second at the Lenaea. Philonides won first prize with Preview, Leucon <was Third> with Envoys.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.leucon-testimonia_fragments.2011