The Poets of old Comedy


i Suda σ 1178

Στράττις, Ἀθηναῖος, κωμικός. τῶν δραμάτων αὐτοῦ ἐστι ταῦτα· Ἀνθρωπορέστης, Ἀταλάντη, Ἀγαθοὶ ἤτοι Ἀργυρίου ἀφανισμός, Ἰφιγέρων, Καλλιππίδης, Κινησίας, Λιμνομέδων, Μακεδόνες, Μήδεια, Τρωΐλος, Φοίνισσαι, Φιλοκτήτης, Χρύσιππος, Παυσανίας, Ψυχασταί· ὥς φησιν Ἀθήναιος ἐν τῷ β΄ βιβλίῳ τῶν Δειπνοσοφιστῶν.

τραγικός AGM, στρατηγὸς τραγικός V, στρατηγός, τρυγικός F; κωμικός Reinesius.

ii The Names and Plays of the Poets of Old Comedy (Koster VIII.2)

Στράττιδος δράματα ις΄

iii Athenaeus 453c

ὁ δὲ Ἀθηναῖος Καλλίας . . . μικρὸν ἔμπροσθεν γενόμενος τοῖς χρόνοις Στράττιδος.

iv IG ii2 2325.138

Στράττι]ς Ι




i Strattis: of Athens, comic poet. These are his plays: Orestes the Mortal, Atalanta, Good Men or The Money Vanishes, Iphigeron, Callippides, Cinesias, Limnomedon, Macedonians, Medea, Troilus, Phoenician Women, Philoctetes, Chrysippus, Pausanias, Chill-Seekers, as Athenaeus says in Book 2 of The Learned Banqueters.

ii The plays of Strattis, 16.

iii Callias the Athenian . . . who was a bit earlier in time than Strattis.

iv [From the list of victors at the Lenaea, after 400] Stratti]s 1

Good Men or The Money Vanishes

The comedy is cited five times as “Good Men,” three times by Athenaeus as the work of “Pherecrates or Strattis,” and twice by Pollux as the work of Pherecrates (q.v.). The alternative title “The Money Vanishes” is provided only by the Suda (T 1), but may give us a clue to the plot: good men becoming rich (in the manner of Aristophanes’ Wealth—see l. 495) and then quickly going through their newly acquired wealth. The title “The Money Vanishes” is found three times in Middle Comedy.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.strattis-testimonia_fragments.2011