It may be objected that the dreary literal-mindedness betrayed by such a comment is unlikely to get much purchase on the slippery usage of a late fifth-century dithyrambist
. True; but it remains reasonable to look at each particular manifestation of linguistic excess with a view to discerning some purpose or significance in it.
The latter seven are almost a cross-section of the various categories of non-political komodoumenoi: four theatrical figures (Euripides,(51) Kinesias the dithyrambist
,(52) Konnos the musician,(53) and Kallippides the actor),(54) one `idol of the market' (Socrates),(55) one high religious official who was also known for wealth and extravagance (Kallias son of Hipponikos),(56) and one youthful beauty (Autolykos).(57) The politicians are anything but a cross-section.