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Headword: Λύκις
Adler number: lambda,808
Translated headword: Lykis
Vetting Status: high
Also spoken of as Lykos.[1] He was the target of comedy on the basis of being a frigid poet. Aristophanes [writes] : "why on earth should I have carried these bags, if I shall be doing none of the things Phrynichus created, and Lykis and Ameipsias". So these men [are] the three sub-frigid comic poets. Phrynichos used to be the butt of vulgar jokes in the comedies on each count [sc. of three]: he was lampooned for being a foreigner who wrote poor verses and for using alien words and for bad metre. There were three other Phrynichuses too. "Comedy is full of men carrying baggage".
Greek Original:
Λύκις: λέγεται καὶ Λύκος. κωμῳδεῖται δὲ ὡς ψυχρὸς ποιητής. Ἀριστοφάνης: τί δῆτ' ἔδει με ταῦτα τὰ σκεύη φέρειν, εἴπερ ποιήσω μηδὲν ὧνπερ Φρύνιχος πεποίηκε καὶ Λύκις κἀμειψίας. οὗτοι οὖν οἱ τρεῖς κωμικοὶ ὑπόψυχροι. ὁ δὲ Φρύνιχος ἐν ταῖς κωμῳδίαις παρ' ἕκαστα ἐφορτικεύετο. κωμῳδεῖται δὲ καὶ ὡς ξένος ἐπὶ φαυλότητι ποιημάτων καὶ ὡς ἀλλότρια λέγων καὶ ὡς κακόμετρα. ἐγένοντο δὲ καὶ ἄλλοι τρεῖς Φρύνιχοι. σκευηφοροῦσ' ἑκάστοτ' ἐν κωμῳδίᾳ.
Aristophanes, Frogs 12-15 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia there.
For Ameipsias see alpha 1572; for Phrynichus, phi 763.
[1] The discrepancy is left unresolved by external evidence, which merely attests a comic poet of the period named Lyk[--] (IG II(2) 2325.65).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; meter and music; poetry
Translated by: David Whitehead on 13 July 2005@10:37:27.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics, link, status) on 13 July 2005@12:38:13.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 14 July 2005@02:58:04.
David Whitehead on 23 April 2013@06:52:55.
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