Epicharmus of Kos

"As the bright sun excels the other stars, As the sea far exceeds the river streams: So does sage Epicharmus men surpass, Whom hospitable Syracuse has crowned." An inscription of a statue dedicated to Epicharmus in Syracuse

Epicharmus is considered to have lived within the hundred year period between c. 540 and c. 450 BC. He was a Greek dramatist and philosopher often credited with being one of the first comic writers, having originated the Doric or Sicilian comedic form. ]

  • ↑ "Summon the great masters of either kind of poetry- Epicharmus, the prince of Comedy, and Homer of Tragedy", Theaetetus, by Plato, section §152e. [12] (translation by Benjamin Jowett []
  • ↑ cf. A. W. Pickard-Cambridge, Chapter IV, beginning on p. 230, on Epicharmus works and life, and citations by authors on him. Also it addresses the controversy about when and where he was born.
  • ↑ cf. P.W.Buckham, p.164, "But Epicharmus was a philosopher and a Pythagorean"; and Pickard-Cambridge, p.232, "Epicharmus was a hearer of Pythagoras".
  • ↑ [15]
  • ↑ Theocritus, Epigrams, 17 -- {{cf. [16])
  • ↑ cf. [17]


    • Philip Wentworth Buckham, Theatre of the Greeks, 1827.
    • P.E. Easterling (Series Editor), Bernard M.W. Knox (Editor), Cambridge History of Classical Literature, v.I, Greek Literature, 1985. ISBN 0-521-21042-9, cf. Chapter 12, p.367 on Epicharmus and others.
    • Rudolf Kassel, C. Austin (Editor) Poetae Comici Graeci: Agathenor-Aristonymus (Poetae Comici Graeci), 1991.
    • A. W. Pickard-Cambridge, Dithyramb, Tragedy, and Comedy (1927, repr. 1962).
    • Plato, Theaetetus.
    • William Ridgeway, contrib. The Dramas and Dramatic Dances of Non-European Races. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1915.
    • Xavier Riu, Dionysism and Comedy, 1999. [18]
    • Lucia Rodríguez-Noriega Guillén, Epicarmo de Siracusa. Testimonios y Fragmentos. Edición crítica bilingüe.; Oviedo: Universidad de Oviedo, Servicio de Publicaciones, 1996. Reviewed by Kathryn Bosher, University of Michigan, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2005.10.24
    • Smith, William, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1870, article on Epicharmus, [19]
    • Theocritus, Idylls and Epigrams. (Theocritus translated into English Verse by C.S. Calverley, [20])

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