The Poets of Old Comedy


1 Athenaeus 313c

ὅπως σε πείσει μηδὲ εἷς, πρὸς τῶν θεῶν, τοὺς βόακας, ἄν ποτ᾿ ἔλθῃ, λευκομαινίδας καλεῖν.


2 Athenaeus 60b

μεμαγμένην μικρὰν μελαγχρῆ μᾶζαν ἠχυρωμένην ἑκάτερος ἡμῶν εἶχε δὶς τῆς ἡμέρας καὶ σῦκα βαιά, καὶ μύκης τις ἐνίοτ᾿ ἂν 5ὠπτᾶτο, καὶ κοχλίας γενομένου ψακαδίου ἠγρεύετ᾿ ἄν, καὶ λάχανα τῶν αὐτοχθόνων θλαστή τ᾿ ἐλαία, καὶ πιεῖν οἰνάριον ἦν ἀμφίβολον.



Fragment Whore-Master

The actual title is Korinthiastes, but as the verb korinthiazesthai can mean “be a courtesan,” the best of which came from Corinth (Wealth 149, Plato Republic 404d, as well as the most famous of all hetaerae, Lais), the title suggests a brothel keeper or pimp. The Middle Comic poet Philetaerus also wrote a comedy with this title.

1 <Be careful> by the gods, if ever you go there, that no one persuades you to call grunt fish white-sprats.

Unassigned Fragment

2 Twice a day each of us had a tiny dark bran meal bun, and a few figs, and occasionally someone would roast a mushroom or catch a snail when it rained a little. There were vegetables that grew wild and a bruised olive, and to drink there was a “wine” of doubtful quality.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.poliochus-testimonia_fragments.2011