We have next to ask,—What ground is there for connecting
Had the play any bearing upon the poet's appointment?
1 See Introduction to the Oed. Col., § 18, p. xli. J. S. III.3
3 One of Aelian's anecdotes (Var. Hist. 3. 8) is entitled, “ὅτι ὁ Φρύνιχος διά τι ποίημα στρατηγὸς ᾑρέθη”. Phrynichus, he says, ‘having composed suitable songs for the performers of the war-dance (“πυρριχισταῖς”) in a tragedy, so captivated and enraptured the (Athenian) spectators, that they immediately elected him to a military command.’ Nothing else is known concerning this alleged strategia. It is possible that Phrynichus, the tragic poet of c. 500 B.C., was confounded by some later anecdote-monger with the son of Stratonides, general in 412 B.C. (Thuc. 8.25), and that the story was suggested by the authentic strategia of Sophocles. At any rate, the vague and dubious testimony of Aelian certainly does not warrant us in using the case of Phrynichus as an illustration.
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