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

    Symposium Plato
  • Euripides has also been accused, by Aristophanes and by many less entertaining writers, of taking away all the dignity of tragedy.

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

    Symposium Plato
  • Turned by Aristophanes into an apology for beating one's father, Nub.

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

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • Hence the utter valuelessness to us of to-day of the comedies of Aristophanes as works of wit.

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

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • We are well acquainted with the character of the Old Comedy, in its greatest freedom, through the writings of Aristophanes.

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?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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