Ephippus of Athens

Ephippus of Athens (Greek: Ἔφιππος ὁ Ἀθηναῖος) was an Ancient Greek comic poet of the middle comedy.

We learn this from the testimonies of Suidas[1] and Antiochus of Alexandria,[2] and from the allusions in his fragments to Plato, and the Academic philosophers,[3] and to Alexander of Pherae and his contemporaries, Dionysius the Elder, Cotys, Theodorus, and others.[4]

The following twelve titles of his plays are the known to us: Artemis, Bousiris, Gêruonês ("The Geryons"), Empolê ("Merchandise"), Ephêboi ("Adolescents"), Kirkê ("Circe"), Kudôn, Nauagos ("Shipwrecked"), Obeliaphoroi ê Homoioi, Peltastês, Sapphô, and Philura. An epigram which Eustathius ascribes to Ephippus[5] is not his, but the production of some unknown author.[6] There are some fragments also extant from the unknown plays of Ephippus.[7]


  1. ^ Suda ε 3929
  2. ^ Athen. xi. p. 482, c. (cited by Smith)
  3. ^ Athen. xi. p. 509, c. d. (cited by Smith)
  4. ^ Athen. iii. p 112, f. xi. p. 482, d. (cited by Smith)
  5. ^ ad Ilad. xi. 697, p. 879. 38 (cited by Smith)
  6. ^ Comp. Athen. x. p. 442, d. (cited by Smith)
  7. ^ Meineke, Fragm. Com. Graec. vol. i. pp. 351-354, iii. pp. 322-340; Fabric. Bibl. Graec. vol. ii. pp. 297, 298, 440. (cited by Smith)


  •   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainPhilip Smith (1870). Smith, William (ed.). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. {{cite encyclopedia}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)