Diogenes of Athens (tragedian)

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Diogenes of Athens (Greek: Διογένης ὁ Ἀθηναῖος) was a writer of Greek tragedy in the late 5th or early 4th century BC. His works are listed by the Suda[1] as Semele,[2] Achilles, Helen, Herakles, Thyestes, Medea, Oedipus, and Chrysippus. He was either born or flourished at the time of the Thirty Tyrants and the suppression of Athenian democracy, around 404–403 BC.[3]

This Diogenes is sometimes confused with Diogenes of Sinope, to whom a similar list of tragedies is attributed[4] by Diogenes Laertius.[5]

Athenaeus preserves a geographically confused fragment[6] from Diogenes, having to do with a laurel grove along the Halys river where Lydian and Bactrian girls perform sacred music for Artemis as the goddess of Mount Tmolus.[7]


  1. ^ J. Radicke and Felix Jacoby, Die Fragmente Der Griechischen Historiker, edited by G. Schepens (Brill, 1999), pt. 4, fasc. 7, p. 195.
  2. ^ For which see also David D. Leitao, The Pregnant Male as Myth and Metaphor in Classical Greek Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2012), p. 66.
  3. ^ Suda δ 1142, Diogenes.
  4. ^ Radicke, p. 195.
  5. ^ Diogenes Laertius 6.80.
  6. ^ Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae 14.38.636.
  7. ^ Albert de Jong, Traditions of the Magi: Zoroastrianism in Greek and Latin Literature (Brill, 1997), p. 284.