and any kinsman or friend or comrade of his who fell foul of their wrath against him, found them exceedingly severe. Thucydides neglected to mention1
the informers by name, but others give their names as Diocleides and Teucer. For instance, Phrynichus the comic poet2
referred to them thus:—
Look out too, dearest Hermes, not to get a fall,
And mar your looks, and so equip with calumny
Another Diocleides bent on wreaking harm.
And the Hermes replies:—
I'm on the watch; there's Teucer, too; I would not give
A prize for tattling to an alien of his guilt.