), an Athenian tragic actor, who incurred the ridicule of the comic poets, Plato, Strattis, Sannynon, and Aristophanes, by his pronunciation of the line of Euripides (Eur. Orest. 269
Ἐκ κυμάτων γὰρ αὖθις αὖ γαλήν᾽ ὁρῶ
The scholiasts tell us that the sudden failure of the actor's voice prevented him from indicating properly the synaloepha, and that thus he altered γαλήν᾽
, a calm,
, a weasel.
The incident furnishes a proof that elided vowels were not completely dropped in pronunciation. (Aristoph. Frogs 304
; Schol. in loc.
; Schol. in Eurip. Orest.