The Poets of Old Comedy

ΑΥΡΑΙ Fragments

1 Σ Aristophanes Birds 872

{A.} τίς ἡ Κολαινὶς Ἄρτεμις; {Β.} ἱερεὺς γὰρ ὢν τετύχηκα τῆς Κολαινίδος.

2 Athenaeus 385b

ἀλλ᾿, ὦγαθέ, δειπνῶμεν <× ‒>, κἄπειτά με πάντ᾿ ἐπερωτᾶν, ὅ τι ἂν βούλῃ· νῦν γὰρ πεινῶν δεινῶς πώς εἰμ᾿ ἐπιλήσμων.

3 Athenaeus 355a

ὥσπερ ἐπειδὰν δειπνῶμέν που, τότε πλεῖστα λαλοῦμεν ἅπαντες.

4 Athenaeus 571b

ὑμῖν ὀρχηστρίδας εἶπον ἑταίρας ὡραίας πρότερον, νῦν δ᾿ αὖθ᾿ ὑμῖν ἀγορεύω ἄρτι χνοαζούσας αὐλητρίδας, αἵ τε τάχιστα ἀνδρῶν φορτηγῶν ὑπὸ γούνατα μισθοῦ ἔλυσαν.




In the Suda (T 1) Breezes and Blockhead seem to be listed as separate plays. Of the five fragments, three are cited just from Metagenes’ Breezes (F 1, 2, 5). F 4, cited by Athenaeus (571b), is attributed to Metagenes’ Breezes or Aristagoras’ Blockhead, while F 3, again from Athenaeus (355a), is described as “an iamb from Blockhead or Breezes by Metagenes”. This in fact turns out to be an anapaestic tetrameter catalectic. Dalechamp’s supplement “of Aristagoras” would bring the citation into line with Athenaeus’ 571b and lessen the possibility of a Blockhead by Metagenes. For a chorus of natural phenomena we may compare Clouds and Seasons by Aristophanes and Cratinus, also Hermippus F 73.


1 (A) Who is Artemis Colaenis?

(B) Well, I happen to be the priest of Colaenis.

2 My dear fellow, let us go to dinner . . . and then ask me anything you wish, because being terribly hungry at the moment I rather forget things.

3 It’s just like when we go to dinner, we all start talking the most.

4 I told you [pl.] earlier about the lovely dancing prostitutes, now I am informing you of the aulos girls, with the early down of womanhood, who for a fee very quickly sap the strength of stevedores.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.metagenes-testimonia_fragments.2011