Leucon, Testimonia and Fragments

LCL 514: 324-325

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For the title, which suggests a chorus of people supporting the principal character, we may compare Eupolis’ Friends, Crates’ Neighbours, and Hermippus’ Demesmen. The ancient Greek institution of the phratria does not correspond easily with any modern institution. It was a mixture of an extended kinship group, neighbours, social club, or fraternity. Membership in one’s traditional phratry was essential

Testimonia

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(a) Hephaestion Handbook 32.13

δίμετρον δὲ ἀκατάληκτον τὸ καλούμενον Γλυκώνειον, αὐτοῦ Γλύκωνος εὑρόντος αὐτό.

(b) Choeroboscus On Hephaestion p. 240.12

τὸ καλούμενον Γλυκώνειον—κωμικὸς δὲ ἦν ὁ Γλύκων, οὗ καὶ δρᾶμα φέρεται κωμικὸν οἱ Φράτορες.

Fragments

1 Hesychius π 2

ἀτάρ, ὦ Μεγάκλεες, οἶσθά που Παάπιδος ‘Υπέρβολος τἀκπώματα κατεδήδοκεν.

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Leucon

Phratry-Members

for Athenian citizen status, and boys were traditionally introduced to their father’s phratry at a young age. Jokes in comedy mock those who allegedly lacked membership in a phratry (Birds 764–65, 1669; Frogs 417–18; Eupolis F 99.24). Comedy regularly made fun of demagogues as Aliens (xenoi)—see Frogs 416–21 of Archedemus, “who has not yet grown his phratry teeth.” Was Hyperbolus (F 1) made fun of in this way here?

Testimonia

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(a) There is also the acatalectic dimeter called the “glyconean,” from Glycon, who invented it.

(b) “Called the glyconean”: Glycon was a comic poet, whose comedy Phratry-Members is preserved.1

Fragments

1 Megakles, do you know about Paapis’ drinking cups which Hyperbolus has devoured?1

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.leucon-testimonia_fragments.2011