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Headword: Φιλίσκος
Adler number: phi,358
Translated headword: Philiskos, Philiscus, Philikos, Philicus
Vetting Status: high
of Corcyra, son of Philotas, tragedian and priest of Dionysus active under Ptolemy Philadelphus.[1] And the Philiscian meter[2] was named after him, since he indulged in it liberally. He is among the second rank of tragedians, who are seven and were nicknamed the 'Pleiad'.[3] His tragedies number 42.[4]
Greek Original:
Φιλίσκος, Κερκυραῖος, Φιλώτου υἱός, τραγικὸς καὶ ἱερεὺς τοῦ Διονύσου ἐπὶ τοῦ Φιλαδέλφου Πτολεμαίου γεγονώς. καὶ ἀπ' αὐτοῦ τὸ Φιλίσκιον μέτρον προσηγορεύθη, ἐπείπερ αὐτῷ ἐνεδαψιλεύετο. ἔστι δὲ τῆς δευτέρας τάξεως τῶν τραγικῶν, οἵτινές εἰσιν ζ# καὶ ἐκλήθησαν Πλείας. αἱ δὲ τραγῳδίαι αὐτοῦ εἰσι μβ#.
The Suda's headword is Philiskos (Philiscus), but Philikos (Philicus), in Hephaestion (cf. n. 2 below) appears to be the more authentic -- making him out of alphabetical order here. On this issue and in general, see: RE s.v. Philiskos; Kleine Pauly, Nachtrage s.v. Philiskos; OCD(4) s.v. Philicus; Snell, TrGF 104; R. Pfeiffer, History of Classical Scholarship (Oxford, 1968) 157; P.M. Fraser, Ptolemaic Alexandria (Oxford, 1972) vol. 1, 651-652.
[1] Philadelphus reigned 285-246 BCE. The dates of Philiscus are unknown, but an epitaph (Supplementum Hellenisticum 980) by an unknown Hellenistic poet survives.
[2] The stichic choriambic hexameter (cf. Hephaestion [p. 30 Consbruch]).
[3] See generally Pfeiffer 119, 160-161; for other members of the 'Pleiad' cf. alpha 1127, delta 1169, lambda 827, omicron 253, sigma 860, sigma 863, tau 894.
[4] No titles or fragments of these are preserved, though a Themistokles has been conjectured. Substantial fragments are preserved of his Hymn to Demeter (Supplementum Hellenisticum frs. 676-680), addressed to the grammatikoi.
Keywords: biography; chronology; geography; meter and music; poetry; religion; tragedy
Translated by: Chad Schroeder on 18 April 2004@23:53:46.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics, status) on 19 April 2004@02:11:18.
Catharine Roth (coded titles) on 19 April 2004@13:11:28.
David Whitehead (added alternative headwords; augmented primary note, and keywords; other cosmetics) on 20 April 2004@08:14:32.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaking) on 10 December 2013@05:54:56.
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