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Headword: Kinêsias
Adler number: kappa,1639
Translated headword: Kinesias, Cinesias
Vetting Status: high
A proper name. This man had become notorious for impiety[1] and lawlessness.[2] He was a dithyrambic poet.
Greek Original:
Kinêsias: onoma kurion. houtos ep' asebeiai kai paranomiai dietethrullêto. ên de dithurambopoios.
After the opening generic gloss, this entry savagely abridges Harpokration s.v. (generated by Lysias fr. 142 Sauppe, now 196 Carey OCT: two speeches In Reply to Kinesias). See further at phi 459.
Kinesias, son of Meles (c.450-390); PA 8438; LGPN ii [Attica] s.v. no.2; OCD(4) s.v. Cinesias. See delta 1029 and references for his place in the "new dithyramb" and for the attacks of the comic playwrights on him as "chorus-killer". He appears as a character in Aristophanes, Birds 1373-1409 (with citations and pastiches of his work), and perhaps also at Lysistrata 829-953 (where a character Kinesias is frustrated by his wife Myrrhine). But J. Henderson at p. 174 of his Lysistrata edition (Oxford 1987) flatly denies this identification, instead taking Kinesias there as a significant name from its etymological root kinei=n (LSJ II 4: web address 1) = binei=n (notes ad 838, 852, cf. scholia).
[1] This charge arose from an incident, mocked by Aristophanes (Ecclesiazuse 329-30), when K. fouled the Hecataea during a dithyrambic performance (tau 693, kappa 822).
[2] According to a long fragment of Lysias -- most recently 195 Carey OCT -- quoted in Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 12.551D-552B (12.76 Kaibel) Kinesias was a member of a club known as the devil-worshippers, kakodaimonistai/. See E.R. Dodds, The Greeks and the Irrational (Berkeley: U. California Press, 1951) 188-189.
Maas, P. Kinesias in RE 11,1 cols.479-480
Pickard-Cambridge, A.W. Dithyramb, Tragedy and Comedy, 2nd (rev.) ed. pp.44-45
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; history; meter and music; poetry; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 20 July 2001@10:35:11.
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Tony Natoli (Modified translation, added notes and bibliography.) on 23 October 2001@18:23:32.
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Robert Dyer (Added note 1 and other references to Aristophanes. Added refs to other Suda entries. Added keyword.) on 19 November 2001@04:32:56.
Robert Dyer (modified note on Lysistrata thanks to editor Carl Anderson pointing out Henderson's note) on 8 January 2002@08:22:49.
Robert Dyer (added LSJ link) on 8 January 2002@08:27:10.
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