Ancient Greek:polytonic|Ἄλεξις, c. 375 BC – c. 275 BC) was a Greek comic poetof the Middle Comedy, born at Thuriiand taken early to Athens, [" Suda" "s.v." polytonic|Ἄλεξις] where he became a citizen, of the deme"Oion" (polytonic|Οἶον), and the tribe Leontides. [ Stephanus of Byzantium, "s.v." polytonic|Ἄλεξις] cite encyclopedia | last = Greenhill | first = William Alexander | authorlink = | title = Alexis (1) | editor = William Smith | encyclopedia = Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology| volume = 1 | pages = 128-129 | publisher = Little, Brown and Company| location = Boston | year = 1867 | url = http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/pageviewer-idx?c=moa;cc=moa;idno=acl3129.0001.001;q1=demosthenes;size=l;frm=frameset;seq=143]
He won his first
Lenaeanvictory in the 350s BC, most likely, where he was sixth after Eubulus, and fourth after Antiphanes. Plutarchsays that he lived to the age of 106, and that he died on the stage while being crowned. [ Plutarch, "Defect. Orac." p. 420 e] According to the " Suda", he wrote 245 comedies, of which some 130 titles are preserved. Only fragments of any of the plays have survived - about 340 in all, totaling about 1,000 lines. They attest to the wit and refinement of the author. [ Theodor Kock, "Comicorum Atticorum Fragmenta"] The " Suda" also calls him Zoe's uncle, but an anonymous tractateon comedy more plausibly states that Menander was his pupil. Alexis was known in Roman times; Aulus Gelliusnoted that Alexis' poetry was used by Roman comedians, including Turpiliusand possibly Plautus.
*Arnott, W. Geoffrey. Alexis: The Fragments. A Commentary. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
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