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Headword: *ferekra/ths
Adler number: phi,212
Translated headword: Pherekrates, Pherecrates
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
An Athenian; a writer of comedy;[1] [it was he] who accompanied Alexander [sc. the Great] on his campaigns.[2] He produced 17 plays.[3]
Pherekrates writes in Petale.[4]
Greek Original:
*ferekra/ths, *)aqhnai=os, kwmiko/s: o(\s *)aleca/ndrw| sunestra/teusen. e)di/dace dra/mata iz#. *ferekra/ths *peta/lh| gra/fei.
Notes:
[1] Old Comedy; first victories in the 430s. See generally K.J. Dover in OCD(4) s.v. Pherecrates.
[2] Alexander's campaigns took place a century later (334-324), so either this refers to another Pherekrates or else it has become misplaced. (For comparable remarks see under alpha 1121, alphaiota 354, kappa 240, mu 172, nu 117, nu 218, pi 2180, sigma 202.)
[3] Manuscript V, Adler reports, reads 20. In fact, 19 titles are known, in fact.
[4] (This addendum has been taken to come from alphaiota 299, where a quoted fragment follows; if it was also quoted here, it has dropped out.) Petale is perhaps the name of a courtesan: see Edmonds v.1 p.257.
References:
Edmonds, J.M. (ed.), The fragments of Attic comedy : after Meineke, Bergk, and Kock / augmented, newly edited with their contexts, annotated, and completely translated into English verse by. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1957-1961
Kassel R. and C. Austin (eds.), Poetae comici Graeci (PCG), Berlin and N.Y.: W. de Gruyter, 1983- . The testimonia and fragments of Pherekrates are in v.7, pp.102-220
Keywords: biography; chronology; comedy; gender and sexuality; geography; history; military affairs; poetry; women
Translated by: Tony Natoli on 1 November 2001@16:35:44.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified and augmented notes; cosmetics) on 2 November 2001@02:51:34.
David Whitehead (augmented note; modified keywords; cosmetics) on 20 December 2002@03:41:49.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics; raised status) on 5 December 2013@06:26:07.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 6 August 2014@10:38:57.

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