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A small number of scholarly hypotheseis to the Greek tragedies are expressly attributed in several medieval manuscripts to Aristophanes of Byzantium, while other hypotheseis with the same subjects and formal characteristics do not name the author. The actual role that could be awarded to the great Alexandrian philologist is heavily debated until today. No single hypothesis of the Aristophanes’ type is preserved in its original condition: only in the fewest cases have the copyists adopted the constitutive rubrics almost entirely; the major part was more often left out. Nevertheless, a definite sequence has been observed in the order of the preserved rubrics, most of which are characterized by repeated linguistic formulae . The rubrics that can be identified contain these elements: a very brief synopsis, μνϑgoπgoıíα, locus actionis — compositio chori — persona prologi , τό κɛφάλαıgoν, didascalia , an aesthetic judgement, τά τgoíδράματgoς πρόσωπα.The following article does not question the genuine character of the hypotheseis that are known to have been written by Aristophanes of Byzantium. Taking the example of hyp . II LGRQA Soph. Ph . Dain it is shown that many problems of those texts are related to their complex transmission history.