Vol. 46 No. 1 (2020): XLVI - 2020

Poliido di Selimbria: qualche precisazione sulla sua opera

Published July 3, 2020
  • Polyidus,
  • Dithyramb,
  • post-classical Tragedy,
  • Aristotle’s Poetics


Many scholars believe that Polyidus of Selymbria, a very famous author of dithyrambs and “nomoi” of the V-IV century B.C., might have been a playwright too, on the basis of Arist. Poet. 16, 1455a 6-8 and 17, 1455b 8-12. In this paper I try to show that he never wrote tragedies and the work quoted by Aristotle was probably a lyric composition. In addition, Polyidus, allegedly the author of a fictitious letter to Darius, should probably be considered a fictitious person too.


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