Several of those who quote fragments specify that this play was satyric; but it is not easy to guess which incident in the life of Amphiaraus lent itself to satyric treatment. Some have suggested that the play dealt with the time when Amphiaraus, knowing that the expedition of his brother-in-law Adrastus against Thebes would end in disaster, went into hiding to avoid having to accompany him. Others have thought of the part taken by Amphiaraus in


ὁ πινοτήρης τοῦδε μάντεως χοροῦ

Schol. VΓ Ald. on Aristophanes, Wasps 1510

πινοτήρης Dindorf: πινοτὴρ VΓ: πιννοτήρης Ald.


καὶ Σοφοκλῆς δὲ τούτῳ παραπλήσιον ἐποίησεν ἐν Ἀμφιαράῳ σατυρικῷ τὰ γράμματα παράγων ὀρχούμενον

Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 10, 454F


Fragments of Known Plays


the foundation of the Nemean Games, featured in the Hypsipyle of Euripides. Comedies with this title were written by Aristophanes, Apollodorus of Carystus, and Philippides, and tragedies by Cleophon phon?) and perhaps Carcinus II; the comedy of Aristophanes dealt with happenings at the oracular and healing shrine of Amphiaraus at Oropus on the Boeotian border of Attica which was established after his death. See fr. 958.


The sentinel crab of this prophetic chorusa . . .


In a similar way Sophocles in the satyr play Amphiaraus brings on a man who dances the letters.a

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.sophocles-fragments_known_plays.1996