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[ar-uh-stof-uh-neez] /ˌær əˈstɒf əˌniz/
448?–385? b.c, Athenian comic dramatist.
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[uh-ris-tuh-fan-ik] /əˌrɪs təˈfæn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
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  • But what Aristophanes thought and felt about the matter is just what we shall not find in this translation.

    Pot-Boilers Clive Bell
  • Aristophanes derided all which was serious in the Athenian social system.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Euripides has also been accused, by Aristophanes and by many less entertaining writers, of taking away all the dignity of tragedy.

  • There is as much system in the comedies of Aristophanes as in the dialogues of Plato.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • Turned by Aristophanes into an apology for beating one's father, Nub.

  • The sympathies of the author, like those of Aristophanes, were with the old school.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • Hence the utter valuelessness to us of to-day of the comedies of Aristophanes as works of wit.

  • The satires of Aristophanes neither moved nor irritated him.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy Benjamin Franklin Cocker
  • We are well acquainted with the character of the Old Comedy, in its greatest freedom, through the writings of Aristophanes.

British Dictionary definitions for Aristophanes


?448–?380 bc, Greek comic dramatist, who satirized leading contemporary figures such as Socrates and Euripides. Eleven of his plays are extant, including The Clouds, The Frogs, The Birds, and Lysistrata
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Aristophanes [(ar-i-stof-uh-neez)]

An ancient Greek dramatist, the author of such comedies as The Clouds and Lysistrata.

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