Timotheus, Testimonia

LCL 144: 70-71

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Testimonia Vitae Atque Artis

1 Pherecrates fr. 155 Kassel-Austin = [Plut.] Mus. 30. 1141f–42a

ὁ δὲ Τιμόθεός μ᾿, ὦ φιλτάτη, κατορώρυχε 20καὶ διακέκναικ᾿ αἰσχιστα. (Δικ.) ποῖος οὑτοσὶ <ὁ> Τιμόθεος; (Μουσ.) Μιλήσιός τις πυρρίας. κακά μοι παρέσχεν οὗτος, ἅπαντας οὓς λέγω παρελήλυθεν, ἄγων ἐκτραπέλους μυρμηκιάς. κἂν ἐντύχῃ πού μοι βαδιζούσῃ μόνῃ, 25ἀπέδυσε κἀνέλυσε χορδαῖς δώδεκα ἐξαρμονίους ὑπερβολαίους τ᾿ ἀνοσίους καὶ νιγλάρους, ὥσπερ τε τὰς ῥαφάνους ὅλην καμπῶν με κατεμέστωσε.

25 ἀπέδυσε Wyttenbach: ἀπέλυσε codd. 28 Elmsley: κάμπτων codd.



life and Work1

1 Pherecrates, Cheiron2


Timotheus on the other hand, my dear, dug me deep and ruined me shamefully.


Which Timotheus is this?


A red-haired Milesian. He brought me trouble, far worse than all those others, with his outlandish ant-runs3; and if he met me walking somewhere on my own, he stripped me and slackened me with his twelve strings4; . . . exharmonic, high-pitched, unholy trills, and filled me full of wrigglers5 like a cabbage.

  • 1See also Phrynis test. 3; fr. 791. 202 ff.
  • 2Continued from Phrynis test. 1.
  • 3I.e. his meandering melodies.
  • 4The text of ‘Plutarch’ goes on to mention Aristophanes’ mockery of Philoxenus (see Philox. test. 5), and it is uncertain whether the words ‘exharmonic . . . cabbage’ refer to Timotheus or to Philoxenus.
  • 5The word means both ‘twists’ (i.e. modulations: see Cinesias test. 1 n. 2) and ‘caterpillars’.
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.timotheus-testimonia.1993