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Headword: Ἀγάθων
Adler number: alpha,124
Translated headword: Agathon
Vetting Status: high
A proper name. He was a tragic poet; but he was slandered for effeminacy. Aristophanes [writes]:[1] "Where is Agathon?" -- "He's gone and left me." -- "Where on earth is the wretch?" -- "At a banquet of the blessed." This Agathon was good by nature, "missed by his friends" and brilliant at the dinner table. They say also that the Symposium of Plato was set at a dinner party of his, with many philosophers introduced all together. A comic poet [sic] of the school of Socrates. He was lampooned in comedy for womanliness.
Greek Original:
Ἀγάθων: ὄνομα κύριον. τραγικὸς δὲ ἦν: διεβέβλητο δὲ ἐπὶ μαλακίᾳ. Ἀριστοφάνης: Ἀγάθων δὲ ποῦ 'στιν; ἀπολιπών μ' οἴχεται. ποῖ γῆς ὁ τλήμων; ἐς μακάρων εὐωχίαν. οὗτος ὁ Ἀγάθων ἀγαθὸς ἦν τὸν τρόπον, ποθεινὸς τοῖς φίλοις καὶ τὴν τράπεζαν λαμπρός. φασὶ δὲ ὅτι καὶ Πλάτωνος Συμπόσιον ἐν ἑστιάσει αὐτοῦ γέγραπται, πολλῶν ἅμα φιλοσόφων παραχθέντων. κωμῳδιοποιὸς Σωκράτους διδασκαλείου. ἐκωμῳδεῖτο δὲ εἰς θηλύτητα.
C5 BCE; OCD(4) s.v. (pp.37-7); TrGF 39. See also under alpha 125.
[1] Aristophanes, Frogs 83-85 (web address 1), with scholion; dialogue between Herakles and Dionysos. The phrase "missed by his friends", which the lexicographer uses below, is from the same source.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; ethics; food; gender and sexuality; philosophy; poetry; tragedy; women
Translated by: William Hutton on 1 April 2001@00:48:08.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note, bibliography, keyword; cosmetics) on 2 April 2001@04:32:53.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 22 December 2006@08:15:58.
Jennifer Benedict (added reference to link) on 26 March 2008@00:44:35.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 22 December 2011@07:40:05.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 29 July 2014@12:26:35.


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