A Minor but not Uninteresting Poet of Athenian Middle Comedy: Epicrates of Ambracia



By trying to contextualize some of the more interesting fragments of the comic poet Epicrates of Ambracia (especially fr. 3 K.-A. depicting the once famous and now considerably aged hetaera Lais and fr. 10 K.-A. vividly evoking a scene from Plato’s Academy), this paper tries to show in which ways this poet was typical for his age — the so-called “Middle Comedy” with its personnel of slaves, cooks and hetaerae — but also in which ways he may have provided some unique contributions to Attic Comedy.