Philippides (comic poet)

Philippides (Ancient Greek: Φιλιππίδης) was an Athenian poet of the Greek New Comedy. He was the son of Philokles of Kephale and was active during the 111th Olympiad (c. 336-333 BCE).[1] Aulus Gellius records that he died at an advanced old age from the joy of an unexpected victory at a dramatic competition.[2] He was a great personal friend (philos) of King Lysimachus (i.e. "successor" of Alexander the Great ) Philippides is reported as having had great influence with Lysimachus. In 285 BC Athens passed a decree to honor Philippides for his continuous requests to Lysimachus for aid to recover Piraeus and the forts. In 286/285 BC Philippides was elected agonothetes.[3]

Surviving titles and fragmentsEdit

The Suda reports that Philippides produced 45 plays. Only the titles of 16 plays (along with associated fragments) have survived.

  • Adoniazousai (Women Mourning for Adonis)
  • Amphiaraos (Amphiaraus)
  • Ananeosis (Renewal)
  • Argyrioi Aphanismos (Disappearance of the Money)
  • Auloi (Flutes)
  • Basanizomene (Woman Being Tortured)
  • Lakiadai (Laciadae)
  • Mastropos (The Pimp)
  • Olynthia (Woman from Olynthos)
  • Sympleousai (Woman Sailing Together) or Synekpleousai (Women Sailing Forth Together)
  • Philadelphoi (The Brother-Loving Men)
  • Philathenaios (Lover of Athens)
  • Philargyros (Lover of Money)
  • Philarkhos (Philarchus)
  • Phileuripides (The Euripides-Lover)
  • Triodoi, or Rhopopoles


  1. ^ Suda φ 345.
  2. ^ Aulus Gellius, Attic Nights 3.15.2
  3. ^ Tarn, William Woodthorpe (1912). Antigonos Gonatas. London: University of Oxford.