The claim to Comedy is put forward by the Megarians,--not only by those of Greece proper, who allege that it originated under their democracy, but also by the Megarians of Sicily, for the poet Epicharmus
, who is much earlier than Chionides and Magnes, belonged to that country.
These thinkers, including Hippasus, Epicharmus
, Empedocles, and Philolaus, had democratic leanings both in the organization of their society and in their attitude toward access to knowledge, which is what led them to publish Pythagorean secrets.
A quotation of the Greek philosopher Epicharmus
restates this philosophy in atomistic terms: "Les elements se sont assembles, puis us se sont desassembles et sont retournes la d'ou us etaient venus: la terre dans la terre, l'ame en haut.
10, are all taken to be associated with mime, specifically with Theocritus Idyll 15 and Herodas Mimiamb 4, and with what Kirichenko terms a "comedy" by Epicharmus
about visitors to Delphi, which he claims to be another subgenre of mime.
Ancient Greek playwright Epicharmus
wrote a comedy called The Sausage..
Orpheus is there, Hesiod, tragedies, Choerilus, Homer, Epicharmus
, every sort of literature.
In antiquity, the problem of persistence through time is usually associated with certain puzzles or paradoxes, such as the Ship of Theseus (2) and Epicharmus
' Growing Argument, (3) which call into question the assumption that an enduring entity can gain and shed properties while still remaining numerically the same.
Faced with the authority of Horace, a Plautine like Lipsius could only shrug, signing off on a letter championing Plautus, "There remains the judgment of Horace, which, I pray, may be passed over for the sake of Horace." (66) Horace does castigate Plautus several times, but he refers directly to Terence only once: "Plautus hurries along like his model, Epicharmus
MacDonald, Character-Portraiture in Epicharmus
, Sophron, and Plato (University of the South, 1931), pp.
We move from the epigram to four writers for the comic stage: Pherecrates and Alexis and, possibly, Epicharmus
and Aristophanes, all of the fifth and fourth centuries BC.