The first Argument
Place of the play in the series of the poet's works.
1 “λέλεκται δὲ τὸ δρᾶμα τοῦτο τριακοστὸν δεύτερον”. Bergk (Hist. Gr. Lit. III. p. 414) proposes to read, “δεδίδακται δὲ τὸ δρᾶμα τοῦτο τριακοστόν: δεύτερος ἦν”. He assumes that Sophocles gained the second prize, because, according to the Parian Chronicle (60), the first prize was gained by Euripides in the archonship of Diphilus (442/1 B.C.). He adds that the word “εὐδοκιμήσαντα”, applied to Sophocles in the Argument, would suit the winner of the second prize,—as Aristophanes says of his own “Δαιταλεῖς”, which gained the second prize, “ἄριστ᾽ ἠκουσάτην” （Nub. 529). But two things are wanting to the probability of Bergk's conjecture, viz., (1) some independent reason for thinking that the Antigone was the 30th, rather than the 32nd, of its author's works; and (2) some better ground for assuming that it gained the second prize.
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