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Headword: *niko/stratos
Adler number: nu,405
Translated headword: Nikostratos, Nicostratus
Vetting Status: high
Comic poet. Athenaeus in [book] 2 of Deipnosophists mentions him: he says that his plays are Pandaros (also called Antyllos, and also apparently by Philetaerus),[1] Hierophant and Kleine; plus Habra and Hesiod and Diabolos and Anterosa and Hekate, Mageiros, Otes,[2] Ploutos, Syros, Apelaunomenos, Pseudistigmatias and Tokistes. These I found (?)lying on deposit.
And [there is] a proverb: "me, I will do everything Nicostratus' way." This man was an actor in comedies, who seemed to play his parts to perfection.[3]
Greek Original:
*niko/stratos, kwmiko/s. tou/tou me/mnhtai *)aqh/naios e)n b# *deipnosofistw=n: le/gei de\ o(/ti dra/mata au)tou= e)sti *pa/ndaros, o(\s kai\ *)/antullos: o(\s kai\ *filetai/rou dokei= ei)=nai: kai\ *(ierofa/nths kai\ *kleinh/: e)/ti de\ *(/abra kai\ *(hsi/odos kai\ *dia/bolos kai\ *)anterw=sa kai\ *(eka/th, *ma/geiros, *)/wths, *plou=tos, *su/ros, *)apelauno/menos, *yeudostigmati/as kai\ *tokisth/s. tau=ta e)n paraqh/kh| eu(=ron kei/mena. kai\ paroimi/a: e)gw\ poih/sw pa/nta kata\ *niko/straton. ou(=tos kwmw|di/as h)=n u(pokrith\s dokw=n ka/llista u(pokri/nesqai.
See Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 2.65D [2.71 Kaibel], 3.108C [3.71], 3.110A [3.74], 3.111C [3.76], 4.133C [4.10], 6.247E [6.52], 7.301B [7.60], 11.474B [11.48], 11.487B [11.73], 11.499B [11.100], 12.517A [12.12], 14.615F [14.5], 14.664B [14.85], 15.685C [15.33], 15.685E [15.33]. However, there were at least two comic poets of this name, one in Middle Comedy and one in New (see OCD4 s.v. nos.1 and 2; Kassel-Austin, PCG 7.74-92 and 93, and cf. 94 for [Ni]kostratos III); though no.1 is probably meant, he may have been credited with some of no.2's titles.
[1] cf. phi 308.
[2] Adler reports that mss GM have Otis (Bustard). Bernhardy drew attention to Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 15,700B [15.59 Kaibel], which quotes from a play by N. called Patriotai (Fellow-Countrymen).
[3] Quoted from epsilon 155.
Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; definition; proverbs; religion; stagecraft
Translated by: David Whitehead on 10 December 2003@05:47:22.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 13 December 2003@17:10:33.
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David Whitehead (added another note, at the prompting of Dr Nick Nicholas) on 5 January 2016@04:24:13.


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