Strattis

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Strattis (Ancient Greek: Στράττις) was an Athenian comic poet of the Old Comedy. According to the Suda, he flourished later than Callias Schoenion. He must have begun to exhibit in the 92nd Olympiad, that is, 412 BC. He was contemporary with Sannyrion and Philyllius, both of whom are attacked in the extant fragments of his plays.[1][2][3] The drama in which Philyllius was attacked was the Potamioi. According to the scholiast of Aristophanes,[4] it was brought out before Aristophanes' Ecclesiazusae. Therefore could not be later than 394/3 BC. Also, in his Anthroporrhaistes, he attacked Hegelochus, the actor of the Orestes of Euripides. Therefore this play must be brought out later than 408 BC, the year in which the Orestes was exhibited.[5] [6] He was exhibiting at the end of the 99th Olympiad, that is, 380 BC, when he attacked Isocrates on account of his fondness for Lagisca when he was far advanced in years.[7][8] The Suda gives a list of his works:

  • The Human Orestes (Ἀνθρωπορραιστής)
  • Atalante (Ἀταλάντη)
  • Good Men or Disappearance of the Money (Ἀγαθοί ἤτοι Ἀργυρίου ἀφανισμός)
  • Iphigeron (Ἰφιγέρων)
  • Callippides (Καλλιππίδης)
  • Cinesias (Κινησίας)
  • Limnomedon (Λιμνομέδων)
  • Macedonians or Pausanias (Μακεδόνες ἢ Παυσανίας)
  • Medea (Μήδεια)
  • Troilus (Τρωΐλος)
  • Phoenician Women (Φοίνισσαι)
  • Philoctetes (Φιλοκτήτης)
  • Chrysippus (Χρύσιππος)
  • Psychastae (Ψυχασταί)

This list is not complete. Other writers mention four more plays:

  • Zopyros Surrounded By Flames (Ζώπυρος Περικαιόμενος)
  • Myrmidons (Μυρμιδόνες)
  • Potamioi (Ποτάμιοι)
  • Pytisos (Πυτίσιος)

Some authors call him, inaccurately, Strato. Some scholars believed the comic poets Strato and Strattis to be the same person, but this idea is now considered by most classicists as undoubtedly erroneous.

References[edit]

  • Meineke, Frag. Com. Graec. vol. i. pp. 221—236, 427, vol. ii. pp. 763, foil, Editio Minor, pp. 428, foil. ;
  • Bergk, Reliq. Com. Att. Ant. pp. 284, 285 ;
  • Clinton, F. H. vol. ii. In- trod. p. xliv. note r.
  1. ^ Schol. Aristoph. Pint. 1195.
  2. ^ Ath. xii. p. 551, c.
  3. ^ Poll. x. 189.
  4. ^ Schol. Aristoph. Pint. 1195.
  5. ^ Schol. Eurip. Orest. 278.
  6. ^ Clinton, F. H. vol. ii. s. a. 407.
  7. ^ Ath. xiii. p. 592, d.
  8. ^ Harpocr. s. v. Λαγίσκα.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "article name needed". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 

Studies[edit]

  • Christian Orth, Strattis: die Fragmente. Ein Kommentar (Berlin: Verlag Antike, 2009) (Studia comica, 2).