Myrtilus, Testimonia and Fragments

LCL 514: 372-373

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The Poets of Old Comedy



i Suda μ 1460

Μυρτίλος, Ἀθηναῖος, κωμικός, υἱὸς μὲν Λύσιδος, ἀδελφὸς δὲ τοῦ κωμικοῦ Ἑρμίππου. δράματα αὐτοῦ Τιτανόπανες, Ἔρωτες.

ii Athenaeus 566e

καὶ ὁ Κύνουλκος “ταυτὶ καὶ τολμᾶς σὺ λέγειν, οὐ ῾ῥοδοδάκτυλος οὖσα;᾿ κατὰ τὸν Κρατῖνον, ἀλλὰ βολίτινον ἔχων θάτερον σκέλος, ἐκείνου τοῦ ὁμωνύμου σοι ποιητοῦ τὴν κνήμην φορῶν, ὃς ἐν τοῖς καπηλείοις καὶ τοῖς πανδοκείοις αἰεὶ διαιτᾷ.”

iii IG ii2 2325.125

Μύρτιλος Ι



A minor figure in the history of Old Comedy, Myrtilus was the brother of Hermippus and victor at the Lenaea in 428 or 427 (T 3). The Suda (T 1) gives two titles, but only the second, Titan-Pans, was known in antiquity.


i Myrtilus: of Athens, comic poet, son of Lysis and brother of the comic poet, Hermippus. His plays are Titan-Pans, Love-Gods.

ii [to a banqueter named Myrtilus] Cynulcus <said>, “In the words of Cratinus [F 351], ‘you dare say this,’ although you ‘are not rosy-fingered,’ but with one leg made of cow dung [Frogs 295], and with the shin of that poet with the same name as yours, who spends all his time in the pubs and taverns.”

iii [from the list of victors at the Lenaea, in the early 420s] Myrtilus 1.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.myrtilos-testimonia_fragments.2011