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Classical Philology


This paper focuses on a hitherto unnoticed parody of a scene in Euripides' Auge by the comic poet Philyllius at the outset of the fourth century. It argues that fragment 4 from Philyllius' Auge , in which a man holds loaves of bread as though they were a baby, travesties the Euripidean scene in which Heracles holds the infant he has found in the wilderness. Review of Euripides' Auge and its relationship with satyr play, followed by analysis of the parody by Philyllius, demonstrates a confluence of tragedy, satyr play, and comedy in the period when mythological comedy was on the rise.