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Headword: Κρατῖνος
Adler number: kappa,2344
Translated headword: Kratinos, Cratinus
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Son of Kallimedes; an Athenian; a writer of comedy. His style was brilliant, but he was addicted to drinking[1] and a slave to the love of boys.
He belonged to the Old Comedy.
He wrote 21 plays, and won with 9.[2]
Greek Original:
Κρατῖνος, Καλλιμήδους, Ἀθηναῖος, κωμικός: λαμπρὸς τὸν χαρακτῆρα, φιλοπότης δὲ καὶ παιδικῶν ἡττημένος. ἦν δὲ τῆς ἀρχαίας κωμῳδίας. ἔγραψε δὲ δράματα κα#, ἐνίκησε δὲ θ#.
Notes:
A contemporary of Aristophanes (C5 BC); see generally K.J. Dover in OCD(4) p.391.
[1] cf. kappa 2216, which adds incontinence.
[2] In all, 27 titles are attested; but the nine victories (six Dionysia, 3 Lenaia) are documentarily corroborated.
Reference:
Kassel R. and C. Austin (eds.), Poetae comici Graeci (PCG), Berlin and N.Y.: W. de Gruyter, 1983- . (The testimonia and fragments of Kratinos are in v.4, pp.112-337)
Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; ethics; food; gender and sexuality; geography; poetry
Translated by: Tony Natoli on 20 October 2001@03:00:56.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 20 October 2001@08:51:00.
David Whitehead (added keyword) on 20 December 2002@04:15:28.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 17 March 2013@06:29:01.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 4 August 2014@07:33:43.

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