biographical name \ˌa-rə-ˈstä-fə-ˌnēz\

Definition of ARISTOPHANES

ca 450–ca 388 b.c. Athenian dram.
Ar·is·to·phan·ic \ˌa-rə-stə-ˈfa-nik\ adjective


biographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(born c. 450—died c. 388 BC) Greek playwright. An Athenian, he began his career as a comic dramatist in 427. He wrote approximately 40 plays, of which 11 survive, including The Clouds (423), The Wasps (422), The Birds (414), Lysistrata (411), and The Frogs (405). Most of the plays typify the Old Comedy (of which they are the only extant representatives), in which mime, chorus, and burlesque were important features. His satire, wit, and merciless topical commentary made him the greatest comic dramatist of ancient Greece.


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