A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology

Smith, William

A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. William Smith, LLD, ed. 1890


1. An Athenian poet of the middle comedy. Pollux indeed (7.29) speaks of him as νέων τις κωμικῶν, but the terms "middle" and "new," as Clinton remarks (F. H. vol. ii. p. xlix.), are not always very carefully applied. (See Arist. Eth. Nic. 4.8.6.) Epigenes himself, in a fragment of his play called Μνημάτιον (apud Ath. xi. p. 472f.) speaks of Pixodarus, prince of Caria, as "the king's son"; and from this Meineke argues (Hist. Crit. Com. Graec. p. 354), that the comedy in question musth ave been written while Hecatomnus, the father of Pixodarus, was yet alive, and perhaps about B. C. 380. We find besides in Athenaeus (ix. p. 409d.), that there was a doubt among the ancients whether the play called Ἀργυρίον ἀφανισμός should be assigned to Epigenes or Antiphanes. These poets therefore must have been contemporaries. [See vol. i. p. 204b.] The fragments of the comedies of Epigenes have been collected by Meineke (vol. iii. p. 537 ; comp. Poll. 7.29; Ath. iii. p. 75c., ix. p. 384a., xi. pp. 469, c., 474, a;, 480, a., 486, c., 502, e.).