Athenaeus of Naucratis / Volume I: Books I-VII
Book I: epitome, pp. [unnumbered]-57
sun said to set, and not to dive i" "why are sponges said to. suck up, and not to drink i" and " why do we say of a tetra- drachm that it KaTaXXJa'TEratc, when we never speak of its getting in a passion?" And the Athenians gave Pothimos the puppet-master the use of the very stage on which Euri- pides had exhibited his noble- dramas. And they also. erected a statue of Euripides in the theatre next to the statue of Es- chylus. Xenophon the conjuror, too, was very popular among them, who left behind him a pupil of the name of Cratis- thenes, a citizen of Phlias; a man who used to make fire spout up of its own accord, and who contrived many other extraordinary sights, so as almost to make men discredit the evidence of their own senses. And Nymphodorus the con- juror was another such; a- man who having quarrelled with the people of Rhegium, as Duris relates, was the first man who turned them into ridicule as cowards. And Eudicus the buffoon gained great credit by imitating wrestlers and boxers, as Aristoxenus relates. Straton of Tarentum, also, had many admirers; he was a mimic of the dithyrambic poets; and so had (Enonas the Italian, who mimicked the harp-players; and who gave representations of the Cyclops trying to sing, and of Ulysses when shipwrecked, speaking in a clownish fashion. And Diopeithes the Locrian, according to the ac- count of Phanodemus, when he came to Thebes, fastened round his waist bladders full of wine and milk, and then, squeezing them, pretended that he was drawing up those liquids out of his mouth. And Noemon gained a great reputation for the same sort of tricks. There were also in Alexander's court the following jugglers, who had all a great name. Scymnus of Tarentum, and Phi- listides of Syracuse, and Heraclitus of Mitylene. And there were too some strolling players of high repute, such as Cephisodorus and Pantaleon. And Xenophon makes mention also of Philip the buffoon. 36. Rome may fairly be called the nation of the world. And he will not be far out who pronounces the city of the Romans an epitome of the whole earth; for in it you may see every other city arranged- collectively, and many also separately; for instance, there you may see the golden city of the Alex- 1 This is a pun which cannot be rendered in English, JcaTaXAadOo-OuaL meaning to be changed, of money; and to be reconciled, of enemies. :['PIT. B. I. 32 . THV DEIPNOSOPHISTS.
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