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Eratosthenes, Icaria and the Origins of Tragedy

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This paper discusses the text of one of the fragments of Eratosthenes’ Erigone (fr. 22 Powell). Modern scholars have linked this one-line fragment with a Hellenistic theory that placed the origin of drama in the village of Icaria, in the Attic countryside. It is likely that the fragment did mention the word ‘billy-goat’ (τράγος), but there are no definite elements in favour of the hypothesis that Eratosthenes devised a theory on the origin of tragedy in Icaria.

Affiliations: 1: Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Dipartimento di Scienze dell’AntichitàPiazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185


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