c.446 - c.386 BC
Greek Playwright

Aristophanes was the principal practitioner of the Athenian 'Old Comedy'.

Aristophanes began to produce comedies before he was 20.
He wrote 44 plays, eleven of which have survived. Aristophanes was concerned with social questions, criticized the agressive foreign politics of his city and fought against the sophists.

His most popular plays are 'Frogs' which criticized Euripides; 'Clouds' making fun of Socrates; and 'Lysistrata' a farcial plea for peace involving a sexual strike of women to force peace among warring men.

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