Crates (comic Poet) - Surviving Works

Surviving Works

60 fragments (including four dubia) of Crates’ comedies survive, along with ten titles:

  • Geitones ("Neighbours")
  • Heroes ("The Heroes")
  • Theria ("Wild Beasts")
  • Lamia ("Lamia")
  • Metoikoi ("Metics" or "Resident Aliens")
  • Paidiai ("Games")
  • Pedetai ("Men In Shackles")
  • Rhetores ("Orators")
  • Samioi ("The Samians")
  • Tolmai ("Daring Deeds")

Whether he is to be identified with Crates II, another comic poet to whom the Suda (test. 1) assigns three titles, Thesauros ("Treasure"), Ornithes ("Birds"), and Philargyros ("The Man Who Loved Money"), the first and last of which seem more appropriate for ‘Middle Comedy’, is unclear. The standard collection of the fragments is Kassel-Austin, Poetae Comici Graeci IV ; Kock numbers are now outdated and should not be used.

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