We are well acquainted with the character of the Old Comedy, in its greatest freedom, through the writings of Aristophanes.
With this law terminated that which is called the Old Comedy.
It is well known that the Old Comedy of the Athenians performed the function of a public censorship.
But the comedy of Epicharmus was not altogether the Old Comedy of Athens.
His works, owing to the conditions of the Old Comedy, were very frequently political and highly personal in their tone.
The parasites of the Old Comedy were modest in the comparison.
The Preface contains some excellent remarks on the Old Comedy.
Aristophanes is for us the representative of the Old Comedy.
The character of Dominic is of that broadly ludicrous nature, which was proper to the Old Comedy.
But his genius, while it includes, also transcends the genius of the Old Comedy.