Melanippides, Testimonia

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3 Marcellin. Vit. Thuc. 29 (O.C.T. Thuc. i)

συνεχρόνισε δ᾿, ὥς φησι Πραξιφάνης ἐν τῷ περὶ ἱστορίας (fr.18 Wehrli), Πλάτωνι τῷ κωμικῷ, Ἀγάθωνι τραγικῷ, Νικηράτῳ ἐποποιῷ καὶ Χοιρίλῳ καὶ Μελανιππίδῃ.

4 Arist. Rhet. 3. 9. 1409b (p. 197 Römer)

ὁμοίως δὲ καὶ αἱ περίοδοι αἱ μακραὶ οὖσαι λόγος γίνεται καὶ ἀναβολῇ ὅμοιον, ὥστε γίνεται ὃ ἔσκωψεν Δημόκριτος ὁ Χῖος εἰς Μελανιππίδην ποιήσαντα ἀντὶ τῶν ἀντιστρόφων ἀναβολάς·

οἷ τ᾿ αὐτῷ κακὰ τεύχει ἀνὴρ ἄλλῳ κακὰ τεύχων, ἡ δὲ μακρὰ ἀναβολὴ τῷ ποιήσαντι κακίστη.

5 [Plut.] Mus. 15. 1136c (p. 118 Lasserre, vi 3. 13 Ziegler)

Ὄλυμπον γὰρ πρῶτον Ἀριστόξενος ἐν τῷ πρώτῳ περὶ μουσικῆς (fr. 80 Wehrli) ἐπὶ τῷ Πύθωνί φησιν ἐπικήδειον αὐλῆσαι Λυδιστί. εἰσὶν δ᾿ οἳ Μελανιππίδην τούτου τοῦ μέλους ἄρξαι φασίν.



3 Marcellinus, Life of Thucydides

According to Praxiphanes1 in his work On History Thucydides2 was a contemporary of the comic poet Plato, the tragedian Agathon, the epic poet Niceratus and Choerilus and Melanippides.

Musical Innovations

4 Aristotle, Rhetoric

Similarly, a long period turns into a speech in itself, like an aria,1 and the result is what Demetrius of Chios2 spoke of in his jibe at Melanippides who composed arias instead of antistrophes: ‘a man does evil to himself who does evil to another, and the long aria is the greatest evil to its composer.’

5 ‘Plutarch’, On Music

For Aristoxenus On Music Book 1 says that Olympus was the first to use the Lydian mode, when he played on his pipes a lament for the Python.1 Some say it was Melanippides who originated this song.2

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.melanippides-testimonia.1993