), of Pitana, a celebrated writer of parodies upon Homer, often quoted by Eustathius and Athenaeus. (Eustath. ad Hom.
pp. 1067, 1571, &c.; Ath. i. p. 5a., p. 31b., xv. p. 699e., &c.)
He was probably a contemporary of Hegemon of Thasos. about the end of the fifth and the beginning of the fourth centuries B. C., but at all events he cannot be placed later than the time of Philip of Macedon. Athenaeus calls him Ματρέας
in some places, but this is clearly an error of the transcriber.
Parodies of Homer
Athenaeus (iv. pp. 134-137) quotes a long fragment from a poem of his, in which an Athenian feast was described, beginning:
Δεῖπνα μοι ἔννεπε, Μοῦσα, πολύτροφα καὶ μάλα πολλά.
The fragments of his parodies were printed by H. Stephens, in the Dissertation on Parodies, appended to the Contest of Homer and Hesiod, 1573, 8vo.
, and in Brunck's Analecta, vol. ii. p. 245.
Fabric. Bibl. Graec.
vol. i. p. 550; G. H. Moser, Ueber Matron den Parodiker,
in Daub and Creuzer's Studien,
vol. vi. p. 293; Ulrici, Gesch. d. Hellen. Dichtk.
vol. ii. p. 324.