Lysippus, Testimonia and Fragments

LCL 514: 330-331

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The Poets of Old Comedy



i Suda λ 863

Λύσιππος· τῶν δραμάτων αὐτοῦ ἐστι Βάκχαι, ὡς Ἀθήναιος λέγει ἐν γ΄ Δειπνοσοφιστῶν καὶ ἐν τῷ η΄· καὶ ἕτερα αὐτοῦ δράματα· Θυρσοκόμος.

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This poet seems to have had a long career with not all that many productions, and only one play (Bacchae) that was available to the ancient scholars (see T 3). If his name is correctly restored on the victors’ list at the Dionysia (T 2), then he won his first victory around 440. On the Roman inscription (T 3), he appears with Callias and Aristomenes, whose careers began also around this time. But Mockeries was produced in the archonship of a man whose name ended in –pus, the only possibility being Glaucippus (410/ 09). The Suda knows of two titles, one through Athenaeus, and with Mockeries we now know of three. The details of Lysippus’ career and other plays, clearly more than those we have, were quickly lost.


i Lysippus: his plays include Bacchae, as Athenaeus records in Book 3 of his Learned Banqueters [124d] and also in Book 8 [344e]. There are other plays by him: Thyrsus-Keeper.

ii [from the list of victors at the Dionysia—around 440] Ly[sippus.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.lysippus-testimonia_fragments.2011