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Headword: Χαῖρις
Adler number: chi,172
Translated headword: Chairis, Chaeris, Khairis
Vetting Status: high
A kithara-player.[1] Pherecrates, too, mentions him in Savages: "'tell me, who was the worst kithara-player?' 'Peisoumeles was after Meles... Sit still. I know. It was Chairis.'" And [there was] another [Chairis] whom Cratinus mentions in Nemesis.[3]
Greek Original:
Χαῖρις: κιθαρῳδός. μνημονεύει δὲ αὐτοῦ καὶ Φερεκράτης ἐν Ἀγροῖς: φέρ' ἴδω, κιθαρῳδὸς τίς κάκιστος ἐγένετο; Πεισουμελὴς μετὰ Μέλητος ἦν. ἔχ' ἀτρέμας. ἐγ'ᾦδα. Χαῖρίς ἐστι. καὶ ἕτερος, οὗ μνημονεύει Κρατῖνος ἐν Νεμέσει.
None of the figures mentioned in this gloss are to be equated with the Chairis, more familiar to scholars, who was a pupil of Aristarchus and wrote works on Homer, Pindar, and Aristophanes and a treatise on grammar (all lost). Compare, rather, chi 171.
[1] Taken from the scholia to Aristophanes, Birds 858 (where a reference to Chairis appears: web address 1 below).
[2] Pherecrates fr. 6 Kock (and K.-A.).
[3] Cratinus fr. 118 Kock, now 126 K.-A.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; meter and music
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 18 March 2008@16:38:55.
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