Chionides in Wikipedia

Chionides (Greek: Χιωνίδης or Χιονίδης) an Athenian comic poet of the 5th century BC, contemporary of Magnes (comic poet). The Suda says that Chionides existed 8 years before Greco–Persian Wars, that is, 487 BC. But Augustus Meineke thinks that Chionides flourished no earlier than 460 BC; and in confirmation of this date he quotes from Athenaeus, who quoted a fragment of Chionides' Πτωχοί (Beggars), which mentions Gnesippus, a poet contemporary with Cratinus. Aristotle also notes that Chionides "lived long after Epicharmus". But Athenaeus also noted that some of the ancients regarded it as spurious. Some scholars has brought forward strong arguments against its geniuneness. Titles of his Comedies: * Ἥρωες Heroes (a correction for "Ἥρως") * Πτωχοί Ptochoi The Poor, Beggars * Πέρσαι Persai Persians

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Chionĭdes in Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities

(Χιονίδης). Said to have been the earliest writer of the old Athenian comedy. (Cf. Aristot. Poet. iii. 5.) His representations date from B.C. 487. The names of three of his comedies are recorded, Ἥρωες, Περσαὶ ἢ Ἀσσυριοί, and Πτωχοί. To judge from these titles, we should conclude that his comedies had a political reference, and were full of personal satire; and from an allusion in Vitruvius (Praef. in lib. vi.) we may infer that they were gnomic, like those of Epicharmus. Ed. in Meineke, Com. Frag. vol. i.

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