Polyzelus, Testimonia and Fragments

LCL 515: 208-209

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The Poets of Old Comedy

1 Erotianus Vocabulary of Hippocrates δ 23

† ἀμαθῶς γὰρ αὐτίτης πᾶσί τε θεοξενίης ἐγίνετο

2 Photius (z) ε 986

ἵξῃ πρὸς Ἐννεάκρουνον, εὔυδρον τόπον.

3 Photius p. 613.4

τριῶν κακῶν γοῦν ἦν ἑλέσθ᾿ αὐτῷ τι πᾶσ᾿ ἀνάγκη, ἢ ξύλον ἐφέλκειν, ἢ πιεῖν κώνειον, ἢ προδόντα τὴν ναῦν ὅπως τάχιστα τῶν κακῶν ἀπαλλαγῆναι. ταῦτ᾿ ἔστι τρία Θηραμένους, ἅ σοι φυλακτέ᾿ ἐστί.

4 Pollux 10.76

† λεκανίῳ γὰρ πρῶτον μὲν ἐναπονίψεις, ἐνεξεμεῖς, ἐνεκπλυνεῖς, ἐναποβάσεις κυανία. †

5 Σ Lucian Timon 30

Πολύζηλος δὲ ἐν Δημοτυνδάρεῳ Φρύγα αὐτὸν εἶναί φησιν εἰς τὸ βάρβαρον σκώπτων.



some. The scholiast to Frogs 541 takes a similar line: “He [Theramenes] seems to have legislated three punishments: to be imprisoned in the stocks, to drink hemlock, or to go into exile,” although his use of “seems” may give one cause to pause. In that case a date around 410 would suit both this explanation and the mention of Hyperbolus in F 5.

1 For . . . homemade wine for all was (?) of the god of strangers.1

2 You [sing.] will come to Nine Fountains, a well-watered place.1

3 At any rate his only possibility was to choose from three unpleasant options: (1) to drag a wooden beam about, (2) to drink hemlock, and (3) to give up the ship and get away from all his troubles as quickly as possible. These are the “three alternatives of Theramenes,” which you [sing.] must watch out for.

4 First you will wash in a basin, be sick in a basin, clean up in a basin, dye (?) <clothes> blue in a basin.1

5 Polyzelus in Demos-Tyndareus pokes fun at his [Hyperbolus’] foreign birth by saying that he is a Phrygian.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.polyzelus-testimonia_fragments.2011