). An Athenian tragic poet, ridiculed by
Aristophanes, and yet the conqueror of Euripides on one occasion (B.C. 415). He was of
dwarfish stature, and son of the tragic poet Carcinus. In the Peace
Aristophanes applies the term μηχανοδίφας
to the family. From
the scholiast it appears that Xenocles was celebrated for introducing stage machinery and
spectacular effects, especially in the ascent or descent of his gods.