2. The great-grandson of the former, son of Astydamas the elder, and brother of Astydamas the younger, was also a tragic poet, according to the scholiast on Aristophanes (Aristoph. Birds 281
), but a general, according to Suidas. Kayser enters on an elaborate and ingenious argument to show that there is no ground for supposing that the second Philocles was a tragic poet; but we ought probably to accept the express statement of the scholiast, and to change στρατηγός
in Suidas into τραγικός
. (Fabric. Bibl. Graec.
vol. ii. p. 314; Welcker, die Griech. Trag.
p. 967; Kayser, Hist Crit. Trag. Graec.
p. 46 ; Meineke, Hist. Crit. Com. Graec.
p. 521; Bode, Gesch. d. Hellen. Dichtkunst,
vol. iii. pt. i. pp. 538, 539; Clinton, F. H.
vol. ii. p. xxxv.)