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  1. 448?–385? b.c., Athenian comic dramatist.
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Related formsA·ris·to·phan·ic [uh-ris-tuh-fan-ik] /əˌrɪs təˈfæn ɪk/, adjective
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  • And first Aristophanes drops, and then, as the day is dawning, Agathon.

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



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

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

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



British Dictionary definitions for aristophanes


  1. ?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



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

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