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Headword: Thespis
Adler number: theta,283
Translated headword: Thespis
Vetting Status: high
A name of a citharode.[1] Aristophanes [writes]: 'he never stops dancing all night those old dances with which Thespis competed.'[2]
Greek Original:
Thespis: onoma kitharôidou. Aristophanês: orchoumenos tês nuktos ouden pauetai tarchai' ekein', hois Thespis êgônizeto.
[1] A player of the kithara, or box-lyre; see kappa 1590, and generally M.L. West, Ancient Greek Music (O.U.P., 1992) 48-56. But in fact Aristophanes (next note) is referring to the celebrated tragedian Thespis (theta 282), not to a homonymous citharode. See MacDowell [below] 322.
[2] Aristophanes, Wasps 1478-1479 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia there.
Aristophanes, Wasps, edited with introduction and commentary by Douglas M. MacDowell, O.U.P., 1971
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Keywords: biography; chronology; comedy; daily life; meter and music; poetry
Translated by: Tony Natoli on 16 April 2001@18:38:55.
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David Whitehead (augmented note; added keyword; cosmetics) on 22 April 2001@06:50:52.
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