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Headword: Μόρσιμος
Adler number: mu,1261
Translated headword: Morsimos, Morsimus
Vetting Status: high
[Morsimos] and Melanthios, tragic poets. Morsimos was a son of the tragedian Philokles and an insipid [psychros] poet.[1] He was also a physician.[2] Aristophanes [says of him]: "may I be taught to sing a tragedy by Morsimos".[3] This is [to say], may I be hauled away and hissed off, like that man; for since his poems were sorry things, [Aristophanes] classified them as curses.[4] Melanthios was lampooned for a gluttonous lifestyle; and far more in the Flatterers.[5] He was also a kinaidos.[6]
Greek Original:
Μόρσιμος καὶ Μελάνθιος, ποιηταὶ τραγικοί. Μόρσιμος δὲ Φιλοκλέους τοῦ τραγικοῦ υἱός, ποιητὴς ψυχρός: ἦν δὲ καὶ ἰατρός. Ἀριστοφάνης: διδασκοίμην προσᾴδειν Μορσίμου τραγῳδίαν. τουτέστιν ἐκλαβοίμην καὶ συριττοίμην, ὡς ἐκεῖνος: πονηρῶν γὰρ ὄντων αὐτοῦ τῶν ποιημάτων, ἐν ἀρᾶς ἔθηκε μέρει. Μελάνθιος δὲ ἐκωμῳδεῖτο εἰς ὀψοφαγίαν: καὶ πολὺ μᾶλλον ἐν τοῖς Κόλαξιν. ἦν δὲ καὶ κίναιδος.
For this pairing see already mu 1260.
[1] For Philokles see phi 378 and psi 176. Morsimos had a son Astydamas (alpha 4264). For the adjective psychros, 'frigid', 'weak', see psi 176.
[2] 'A physician of the eyes' (mu 1262).
[3] Aristophanes, Knights 401 (Sommerstein); cf. next note.
[4] Similarly in the scholia pleniora on Aristophanes, Knights 401 (where the poems are said to be mochtheroi 'worthless'); cf. already at alpha 3817.
[5] The Flatterers, by the comedian Eupolis (epsilon 3657), was presented at the City Dionysia in 421 (hypothesis 1 on Aristophanes, Peace).
[6] For kinaidos see alpha 885, kappa 1634, kappa 1635 (and in addition to the bibliography cited there, Winkler, 45-47).
Diehl, 'Morsimos' in RE 16, cols. 318-319
Modrze, 'Melanthios' in RE 16.1, col. 428-429
Sommerstein, Alan H. Knights. Warminster, Wilts, England: Aris and Phillips, 1981
Winkler, John J. The Constraints of Desire: The Anthropology of Gender in Ancient Greece. New York and London: Routledge, 1990
Keywords: biography; comedy; food; gender and sexuality; history; imagery; medicine; poetry; tragedy
Translated by: Wm. Blake Tyrrell on 20 January 2005@21:21:56.
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David Whitehead (augmented and modified notes; more keywords; cosmetics) on 21 January 2005@10:11:24.
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