De tibicine Pythico ludisque Nemeis

TitoloDe tibicine Pythico ludisque Nemeis
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsAlmazova, N
Ancient AuthorsHyginus, myth. (PHI 1263)

Hygin. Fab. 273. 7 is probably an interpolation in the catalogue of the games, but there is no reason to doubt that it originally referred to the Nemean Games. The words [qui Pythia cantaverunt] make no sense in the text (n. pl. Pythia means nothing but ‘the Pythian Games’) and must be eliminated as a gloss. The story about a pythaules who once invented aulos-playing accompanied by a chorus cannot be taken literally, since this discipline had a long history and originated not in solo aulos-playing, but in dithyramb. Yet it cannot be ruled out that the agonistic terms pythaules and choraules were first established at the Nemean Games. [Nina Almazova]