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Chronological Table

WithVictor Ehrenberg

Except where actual dates are given, the chronological position is approximate; if a ? is added, it is quite uncertain. Names of poets without the title of a play indicate little more than a sort of floruit. Since the Lenaia and the Great Dionysia fall roughly in February and April respectively, the performance of a comedy always belongs to the second half of the official year. I have, however, put down both years to which the official Athenian year belonged in order to cover the period when the play was actually written. For the latter cf. A. Ruppel, Konzeption u. Ausarbeitung der aristophanischen Komödien, Diss. Giessen, 1913, and in general Geissler’s frequently mentioned book.

First Generation of Old Comedy

Second Generation of Old Comedy

Other Dates

Kratinos: victory (454/3)

Krates: victory (4511/o)

Kratinos: Archilochoi

Chionides

Magnes

Ekphantides

460–446 b.c.

Birth of Eupolis (446)

Birth of Aristophanes

Death of Aischylos

First Performance of Euripides

IG. I2, 40, 44

?Kratinos: Drapetides

? ” : Nomoi

” : Cheirones

” : Ploutoi

” : Pylaia

” : Thraittai

” : Boukoloi

” : Malthakoi

Kallias : Kyklopes (435.′4)

Kratinos : Euneidai

? ” : Panoptai

Telekleides: Sterroi

” : Hesiodoi

445–432 b.c.

? Pherekrates: Doulodidaskalos

Peace with Sparta IG. I2, 45

? Arrival of Protagoras in Athens

Sophokles: Antigone

Euripides: Alkestis (439/8)

Megarian Decree

Kratinos: Dionysalexandros (431/o)

? ” : Nemesis

375Telekleides: frg. 43, 44 (431/o)

Kallias: Atalantai

? ” : Pedetai

?Telekleides: Amphiktyones

Telekleides: Apseudeis

Kratinos: Horai

” : Seriphioi

431–428 b.c.

Hermippos: Moirai

” : Stratiotai

Hermippos: Theoi

Phrynichos and Eupolis: First performances

Eupolis: Prospaltioi

Pherekrates: Tyrannis

Pherekrates: Automoloi

Out break of war Euripides: Medea (432/1)

Death of Perikles (429)

” ” Herodotos

Euripides: Hippolytos (429/8)

Revolt of Mytilene

Kratinos: Deliades (425/4)

Kratinos: Pytine (424/3)

Death of Kratinos

424–421 b.c.

Aristophanes: Daitales (428/7)

Eupolis: Taxiarchoi

Hermippos: Phormophoroi

Aristophanes: Babyolonioi (427/6)

” : Acharnes (426/5)

Pherekrates: Petale

Phrynichos: Satyroi

Eupolis : Aiges

Ps.-Xenophon: Athenaion politeia

Embassy of Gorgias of Leontinoi

Thucydides goes into exile IG. I2, 76 (423/2)

Death of Kleon

Peace of Nikias

376Pherekrates: Agrioi (421/o)

Eupolis: Autolykos (421/o)

Aristophanes: Geras

” : Eirene (β)

Platon: Nikai

Platon: Perialges

Hermippos: Artopolides

Aristophanes: Daidalos

” : Danaides

Platon: Hyperbolos

Hermippos: Kerkopes

Platon: Syrphax

Aristomenes

Lysippos

Aristophanes: Horai

” : Anagyros

420–416 b.c.

IG. I2, 84 (421/o)

Ostracism of Hyperbolos

Capitulation of Melos

Platon: Peisandros

Eupolis: Baptai

Pherekrates: Ipnos

Aristophanes: Amphiareos (415/4)

” : Ornithes (415/4)

Phrynichos: Monotropos (415/4)

Ameipsias: Komastai (415/4)

?Aristophanes: Heroes

Platon: Heortai

Eupolis: Demoi (413/2)

Aristophanes: Lysistrate (412/1)

” :Thesmophoriazousai (412/1)

” : Lemniai

Platon: Sophistai

Death of Eupolis

Archippos

Hegemon

Philonides : Kothornoi

Aristophanes: Ploutos (α) (409/8)

” : Phoinissai

” : Gerytades (408/7)

” : Thesmophoriazausai (β)

” : Batrachoi (406/5)

377Phrynichos: Mousai (406/5)

Platon: Kleophon (406/5)

” : Skeuai

415–404 b.c.

First performances of Metagenes, Polyzelos, Strattis, Nikophon

Kantharos

Strattis: Phoinissai

” : Chrysippos

?Theopoinpos: Kapelides

Sannyrion: Danae

Metagenes: Homeros

Demetrios: Sikelia

Euripides: Troades (416/5)

Antiphon V.

Siege of Syracuse IG. I2, 325ff

IG. I2, 329 (414/3)

Euripides: Helene (413/2)

Revolt of the Four Hundred

IG. I2, 113

Ps.-Lysias XX Andokides II

Alkibiades’ return

Death of Euripides and Sophokles (406)

Euripides: Bakchai (406/5)

Euripides: Iphigeneia en Aulidi (406/5)

End of the war

Platon: Hellas or Nesoi

Aristophanes: Pelargoi

Aristomenes: Dionysos (395/4)

Platon: Presbeis

Aristophanes: Ekklesiazousat

Platon: Phaon (392/1)

403–390 b.c.

Archippos: Ichthyes

Strattis: Kinesias

” : Makedones

” : Potamioi

Theopompos: Althaia

Nikochares

Philyllios

Kephisodoros

Sannyrion

Diokles

Lysias XII, XXXIV

Isokrates XXI, XVIII

IG. II2, 10 (401/o)

Lysias XXI

Lysias XXV, ?XXXII

?Isokrates XX

Andokides I (399/8)

Death of Thucydides

Lysias XXX, XIII, XXXI, XVII

IG. II2, 1237 (396/5)

Isokrates XVI

Lysias XIV, VII

Andokides III

Isokrates XVII

Isaios V

Lysias III, XVI

Isokrates XIII, XIX

?Lysias IX

Aristophanes: Ploutos (β) (389/8)

Aristophanes: Kokalos (387/6)

” : Aiolosikon (β)

Platon:

Death of Aristophanes

389–380 b.c. and after

Theopompos: Theseus

Alkaios: Pasiphae (389/8)

Nikophon: Adonis (389/8)

Nikochares: Lakones (389/8)

Theopompos: Admetos

” : Hedychares

” :Pamphile

” : Medos

Strattis: Atalante

? Xenophon, Anabasis

Lysias XXVIII, XXIX, XXIII, XXXIII

Lysias XIX, XXII

Isokrates X

Antiphanes (Middle Comedy): first performance

Lysias X, XXVI

Isaios

Xenophon