ARISTARCHUS

This document was originally published in The Drama: Its History, Literature and Influence on Civilization, vol. 1. ed. Alfred Bates. London: Historical Publishing Company, 1906. p. 330.

Contemporary also with Sophocles and Euripides was Aristarchus of Tegea, who lived to be a centenarian, to compose seventy pieces and to win two tragic victories. Only the titles of two of his plays, with a single line of the text, have come down to us, though his Achilles was freely borrowed by Ennius. Among his merits seems to have been that of brevity; for, as Suidas relates, he was "the first one to make his plays of the present length."

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