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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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  • And first Aristophanes drops, and then, as the day is dawning, Agathon.

    Symposium Plato
  • In the caricature of Aristophanes there is also a witness to the common sentiment.

    Phaedo Plato
  • I will do as you prescribe, said Aristophanes, and now get on.

    Symposium Plato
  • And first of all Aristophanes dropped off, then, when the day was already dawning, Agathon.

    Symposium Plato
  • Here we have the old father, a heart of oak, like the old Acharnian in Aristophanes.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • Aristophanes derided all which was serious in the Athenian social system.


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

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • The sympathies of the author, like those of Aristophanes, were with the old school.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • But who this Aristophanes is, or where he so calls her, we are not informed.

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 in Culture
Aristophanes [(ar-i-stof-uh-neez)]

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

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