The Poets of old Comedy



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Fragments ΔΙΚΑΣΤΑΙ



As one might expect, the name of this shadowy comic poet was confused in the tradition with Thucydides, but Pollux (citing F 1, 3) and the Antiatticist (citing F 2) do know of a poet called Thugenides, for whom one title (Jurors) was attested. If his name is rightly restored on the victors’ list for the Dionysia (T 1)—although Xenophilus is a better candidate—then he won one victory around 440, probably with Jurors, before vanishing from the scene.


i [From the list of victors at the Dionysia, from the late 440s or 430s]

Thougenide]s 1

Fragments Jurors

Perhaps an inevitable title for an Old Comedy, especially in view of the theme of jury service in Wasps and the constant jokes in Aristophanes about the Athenians’ fondness for litigation. If Jurors is as early as the 430s, then it shows that the dicastic stereotype in comedy predates Aristophanes by at least ten years.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.thugenides-testimonium_fragments.2011