1 Department of History, Faculty of Humanities, SDU2 Classical Studies, Department of History, Faculty of Humanities, SDU3 Centre for Medieval Literature, Department of History, Faculty of Humanities, SDU4 Department of History, Faculty of Humanities, SDU
In this article, I discuss the earliest nomenclature of the Athenian artists of Dionysus, which I will argue is not only unique among the overall evidence on Dionysiac artists available to us at this point, but also evinces a recognized political potential in the newly organized association of the Athenian artists. First, I argue that the adjective πολυπραγμόνητος carries an active meaning, i.e. not being meddlesome; second, that this adjective has retained its political meaning from the earlier centuries in inscriptions connected with Athenian politics; third, I discuss the possible reasons why this adjective has been coupled with the adjective ἱερός, an equally unique appellation for individual Dionysiac artists so far. Finally, I will hypothesize about reasons for this unique nomenclature of the Athenian artists at this particular historical period.
Logeion: a Journal of Ancient Theatre, 2013, Vol 3, p. 71-80