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Phrynichus,

fl. 430 B.C., Athenian comic poet. Fragments of his works, of the Old Comedy, survive.

Phrynichus

(frĭn`ĭkəs), fl. c.510–476 B.C., Athenian dramatist, considered by some ancients (including Plato) to be the founder of tragedy. His historical play, The Taking of Miletus, which concerns the capture of Miletus by the Persians, had such a painful theme that it moved the Athenian audience to tears, and Phrynichus was fined. He is said to have been the first to use female characters and was famous for his choreography. Fragments of his dramas survive.
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Against this background she studies the Aristophanic portrayal of the tragic poet/musician Phrynichos, which illustrates that "not all early musical patterns could provide a good antithesis to New Music" (p.
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Phrynichos was probably himself responsible for the suggestion that purely personal motives caused him to communicate with Astyochus It is most unlikely that Thucydides merely guessed these motives and much easier to believe that they were expressed in the text of the messages.