Onomasti komodein

Onomasti komodein (Ancient Greek: ὀνομαστὶ κωμῳδεῖν, onomasti kōmōidein, "to ridicule by name in the manner of the comic poets") was an expression used in Ancient Greece[1] to denote a witty personal attack made with total freedom against the most notable individuals (see Aristophanes' attacks on Cleon, Socrates, Euripides) in order to expose their wrongful conduct.

An opinion which originated in the Peripatetic school is that onomasti komodein was the fundamental characterizing aspect of the ancient Greek comedy of the first period (known as Old Comedy).[2]

See alsoEdit


  • LaFleur, R.A., "Horace and onomasti komodein: The Law of Satire," Aufstieg und Niedergang der Römischen Welt II.3.13 (1981) 1790-1826
  • Mastromarco, Giuseppe (1994) Introduzione a Aristofane (Sesta edizione: Roma-Bari 2004). ISBN 88-420-4448-2


  1. ^ Aelius Aristides, vol. 2, pp. 117 and 298 Jebb; Hermogenes of Tarsus, On issues 11 (and the scholia, vol. 4, pp. 833, 837, 839-42, and vol. 7, pp. 668-74, 676-81 Walz); Gregory of Nyssa, Contra usuarios, vol. 9 p. 205 Gebhardt; Sopater Rhetor, vol 8, pp. 383-4 Walz; scholia to Aristophanes (Prolegomena on Comedy and on Birds 1297); Cyrus rhetor, Differentiae statuum vol. 8, p. 1 Walz
  2. ^ Mastromarco 1994 pp.21-22

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