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Chionĭdes

Χιονίδης). Said to have been the earliest writer of the old Athenian comedy. (Cf. Aristot. Poet. iii. 5.) His representations date from B.C. 487. The names of three of his comedies are recorded, Ἥρωες, Περσαὶ Ἀσσυριοί, and Πτωχοί. To judge from these titles, we should conclude that his comedies had a political reference, and were full of personal satire; and from an allusion in Vitruvius (Praef. in lib. vi.) we may infer that they were gnomic, like those of Epicharmus. Ed. in Meineke, Com. Frag. vol. i.

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