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1 The "Wine Press Festival" of January or February at which both comedies and tragedies were presented. By unanimous consent (see Niese, P.-W. Realencyclopädie, 5.901 top for references) the poetry of Dionysius was wretched and boring, but he never ceased to aspire. For one humiliating experience see Book 14.109. See also Book 15.6. The name of the play presented on this occasion was the Ransom of Hector (Nauck, Trag. gr. fr. （2）, 794).
2 It is to be noted that Athens was now, through Sparta, an ally of Dionysius I. (Xen. Hell. 7.1.28-29.) Athens honoured Dionysius and his sons with public praises and crowns in 369/8. See Hicks and Hill, Greek Historical Inscriptions （3）, 108. For the formal alliance see ibid. 112. See also Bury, Cambridge Ancient History, 6.134 and 132.
3 Though Diodorus has just said above that Dionysius was producing at Athens (sect. 1), he seems by his repetition to wish to stress the fact that the judgement was rendered by the most critical and authoritative city of the time.
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