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On Eupolis

“The poets satirised citizens by name down to the time of Eupolis; but the custom was abolished by the soldier and politician Alcibiades, who, having been satirised by Eupolis, threw the poet into the sea when he was campaigning with him in Sicily, saying:

Douse me, you, among the altars,1 and I'll give you a more unpleasant and more fatal dousing in the waves of the sea.2

Scholiast on Aristides

1 i.e. the orchestra of the theatre

2 cf. Cic. Att. 6. 1. 18 ‘Everybody said that Eupolis the poet of the Old Comedy was thrown into the sea by Alcibiades on the voyage to Sicily; Eratosthenes disproves it by adducing the plays he brought out afterwards’; but the ducking may not have been fatal

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