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Headword: Εὔπολις
Adler number: epsilon,3657
Translated headword: Eupolis
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Son of] Sosipolis;[1] an Athenian; a comic poet. He began to stage plays at the age of seventeen. He produced 17 plays and won with 7. He died after his ship sank in the Hellespont during the war against the Lacedaemonians;[2] and as the outcome of this it was forbidden for a poet to serve on campaign.[3] His plays [are] Goats, Draft-dodger[4] or Men-women, and others.
Greek Original:
Εὔπολις, Σωσίπολις, Ἀθηναῖος, κωμικός. ὃς ἑπτακαίδεκα ἔτη γεγονὼς ἤρξατο ἐπιδείκνυσθαι: καὶ ἐδίδαξε μὲν δράματα ιζ#, ἐνίκησε δὲ ζ#. καὶ ἀπέθανε ναυαγήσας κατὰ τὸν Ἑλλήσποντον ἐν τῷ πρὸς Λακεδαιμονίους πολέμῳ: καὶ ἐκ τούτου ἐκωλύθη στρατεύεσθαι ποιητήν. τὰ δὲ δράματα αὐτοῦ Αἶγες, Ἀστράτευτος ἢ Ἀνδρόγυνοι, καὶ ἄλλα.
Notes:
OCD(4) s.v. (pp.550-1), by K.J. Dover.
[1] Adler prints the nominative case, which cannot be the right way to resolve the transmitted Σωσίλις . Read genitive, Σωσιπόλιδος (Meineke).
[2] The phrase "in the Hellespont" (today's Dardanelles, Barrington Atlas map 51 grid H4) naturally suggests the Battle of Aegospotami, 405 BCE; cf. OCD(4) s.v. (pp. 17-18). Despite it, however, we should perhaps think of the Battle of Arginusae (cf. alpha 3778 and OCD(4) s.v. (p. 148); after three small islands nearby, Barrington Atlas map 57 grid E2, east of Lesbos) in the previous year, notorious for the number of Athenians drowned (Xenophon, Hellenica 1.6.33-1.7.35, web address 1).
[3] This stipulation, otherwise unattested, is dubious.
[4] The title should probably be plural: Ἀστράτευτοι . See PCG v.5 p. 314.
References:
Kassel R. and C. Austin (eds.), Poetae comici Graeci (PCG), Berlin and N.Y.: W. de Gruyter, 1983- . The testimonia and fragments of Eupolis are in v.5, pp.294-539.
Harvey D. and J.Wilkins (eds.), The Rivals of Aristophanes, London: Duckworth, 2000, passim.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; geography; history; law; military affairs; poetry
Translated by: Tony Natoli on 15 December 2001@00:33:58.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented bibliography; cosmetics) on 16 December 2001@08:20:51.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 21 December 2001@03:33:17.
Catharine Roth (cosmetic) on 23 December 2003@23:08:21.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; augmented notes and keywords) on 23 May 2007@09:26:32.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 13 November 2012@09:56:30.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 3 August 2014@08:52:41.
Ronald Allen (Augmented second note, added keyword and link.) on 20 February 2018@23:16:08.

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