Pratinas, Testimonia

LCL 476: 318-319

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Testimonia Vitae Atque Artis

1 Sud. Π 2230 (iv 191 Adler)

Πρατίνας, Πυρρωνίδου ἢ Ἐγκωμίου, Φλιάσιος, ποιητὴς τραγῳδίας· ἀντηγωνίζετο δὲ Αἰσχύλῳ τε καὶ Χοιρίλῳ ἐπὶ τῆς ο΄ Ὀλυμπιάδος, καὶ πρῶτος ἔγραψε Σατύρους. ἐπιδεικνυμένου δὲ τούτου συνέβη τὰ ἰκρία ἐφ᾿ ὧν ἑστήκεσαν οἱ θεαταὶ πεσεῖν, καὶ ἐκ τούτου θέατρον ᾠκοδομήθη Ἀθηναίοις. καὶ δράματα μὲν ἐπεδείξατο ν΄, ὧν Σατυρικὰ λβ΄· ἐνίκησε δὲ ἅπαξ.

2 Hypoth. i Aes. Sept. (M + P.Oxy. 2256 fr. 2) (ii 1 Smith)

ἐδιδάχθη ἐπὶ Θεαγενίδου ὀλυμπιάδι οη΄. ἐνίκα Αἰσχύλος Λαΐῳ Οἰδίποδι Ἑπτὰ ἐπὶ Θήβας Σφιγγὶ σατυρικῇ, δεύτερος Ἀριστίας ταῖς τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ τραγωδίαις Περσεῖ Ταντάλῳ <    > Παλαισταῖς σατύροις.


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life and work1

1 Suda, Pratinas

Son of Pyrrhonides or of Encomius, of Phlius, tragic poet. He competed against Aeschylus and Choerilus in the 70th Olympiad (500/496 b.c.), and he was the first to write satyr-plays.2 It was when he was putting on a play that the platform on which the spectators were standing collapsed, and as a result the Athenians built a theatre. He put on fifty plays, thirty-two of which were satyr-plays. He won one victory.3

2 Introduction to Aeschylus, Seven against Thebes

It was produced in the archonship of Theagenides (468/7 b.c.) in the 78th Olympiad. Aeschylus was the winner with his Laius, Oedipus, Seven against Thebes and his satyr-play Sphinx; Aristias1 was second with his father’s tragedies, Perseus, Tantalus, . . . and the satyr-play, The Wrestlers.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.pratinas-testimonia.1991