), a tragic poet, who is not mentioned anywhere except in the collection of the Epistles fonnrcle attributed to Phalaris (Epist.
18, ed. Lennep.), where the tyrant is made to speak of him with indignation for venturing to compete with him in writing tragedies.
But with the genuineness of those epistles the existence of Aristolochus must fall to the ground, and Bentley (Phalaris,
p. 260) has shewn, that if Aristolochus were a real personage, this tragic writer must have lived before tragedy was known.