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Ἀναξανδρίδης), an Athenian comic poet of the middle comedy, was the son of Anaxander, a native of Cameirus in Rhodes.



He began to exhibit comedies in B. C. 376 (Marm. Par. Ep. 34), and 29 years later he was present, and probably exhibited, at the Olympic games celebrated by Philip at Dium. Aristotle held him in high esteem. (Rhet. 3.10-12; Eth. Eud. 6.10; Nicom. 7.10.) He is said to have been the first poet who made love intrigues a prominent part of comedy. He gained ten prizes, the whole number of his comedies being sixty-five. Though he is said to have destroyed several of his plays in anger at their rejection, we still have the titles of thirty-three.

Dithyrambic Poetry

Anaxandrides was also a dithyrambic poet, but we have no remains of his dithyrambs.

Further Information

Suidas, s.v. Athen. 9.374; Meineke; Bode.)


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