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Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Antigone, Introduction (search)
al maxims of administration which he ascribes to Creon,—a notion which would give an air of unreality,—verging, indeed, on comedy,—to a result which appears entirely natural when it is considered in a larger wayOne of Aelian's anecdotes (Var. Hist. 3. 8) is entitled, o(/ti o( *fru/nixos dia/ ti poi/hma strathgo\s h(|re/qh. Phrynichus, he says, ‘having composed suitable songs for the performers of the war-dance (purrixistai=s) in a tragedy, so captivated and enraptured the (Athenian) spectators, that they immediately elected him to a military command.’ Nothing else is known concerning this alleged strategia. It is possible that Phrynichus, the tragic poet of c. 500 B.C., was confounded by some later anecdote-monger with the son of Stratonides, general in 412 B.C. (Thuc. 8.25), and that the story was suggested by the authentic strategia of Sophocles. At any rate, the vague and dubious testimony of Aelian certainly does not warrant us in using the case of Phrynichus as an illus