Theopompus, Testimonia and Fragments

LCL 515: 316-317

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The Poets of old Comedy


i Suda θ 171

Θεόπομπος, Θεοδέκτου ἢ Θεοδώρου, Ἀθηναῖος, κωμικός. ἐδίδαξε δράματα κδ΄. ἔστι δὲ τῆς ἀρχαίας κωμῳδίας κατὰ Ἀριστοφάνην. δράματα δὲ αὐτοῦ εἰσὶ . . . καὶ ἄλλα πολλά.

ii Aelian F 99

Ἀσκληπιὸς καὶ τῶν ἐν παιδείᾳ ἦν προμηθής. φθόῃ γοῦν Θεόπομπον ῥινώμενόν τε καὶ λειβόμενον ἰάσατο καὶ κωμῳδίας αὖθις διδάσκειν ἐπῆρεν, ὁλόκληρόν τε καὶ σῶν καὶ ἀρτεμῆ ἐργασάμενος. καὶ δείκνυται καὶ νῦν ὑπὸ λίθῳ Θεοπόμπου (πατρόθεν ὁμολογοῦντος αὐτὸν τοῦ ἐπιγράμματος· Τισαμενοῦ γὰρ ἦν υἱός) εἴδωλον Παρίας λίθου. καὶ ἔστι τὸ ἴνδαλμα τοῦ πάθους μάλα ἐναργές. κλίνη καὶ αὐτὴ λίθου. ἐπ᾿ αὐτῆς κεῖται νοσοῦν τὸ ἐκείνου φάσμα, χειρουργίᾳ φιλοτέχνῳ· παρέστηκε δὲ ὁ θεὸς καὶ ὀρέγει οἱ τὴν παιώνιον χεῖρα, καὶ παῖς νεαρὸς ὑπομειδιῶν καὶ οὗτος. τί δὲ ἄρα νοεῖ ὁ παῖς; ἐγὼ συνίημι, τοῦ φιλοπαίστην ποιητὴν ὑποδηλοῦν.

iii The Names and Plays of the Poets of Old Comedy (Koster VIII.1)

Θεοπόμπου δράματα ιζ΄.




Recent bibliography: J. L. Sanchis Llopis, in Homenaje a P. A. Gainzáráin (2002) 115–25.


i Theopompus: son of Theodectus or of Theodorus, of Athens, comic poet. He produced twenty-four plays. He belongs to Old Comedy along with Aristophanes. His play are . . . and many others.

ii Asclepius was also concerned for those involved in the arts. At any rate he did cure Theopompus who was sick and wasting away with consumption and encouraged him to put on plays again, by making him hale and hearty and whole again. Even now can be seen beneath the stone (?) a likeness of Theopompus in Parian marble, the inscription confirming his patronymic, for he was the son of Teisamenus. The representation of his ailment is quite clear: a bed, itself also in marble, on it lies the image of the sick man made with a master’s skill. The god stands by and extends a healing hand to him, and there is a young child smiling as well. What is the significance of the child? I take it as showing that the poet is fond of fun.

iii The plays of Theopompus, 17.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.theopompus-testimonia_fragments.2011