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  • Greek playwright whose comedies, including The Clouds (423) and Lysistrata (411), satirize Athenian society, politics, and philosophy.

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  • proper noun An Ancient Greek male name, most famously borne by a playwright who lived from circa 446 BC to circa 386 BC.

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  • noun an ancient Greek dramatist remembered for his comedies (448-380 BC)


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From Ancient Greek Ἀριστοφάνης (Aristophanēs).


  • Believe me, you will understand Aristophanes only less than you will understand Æschylus himself if you confuse Aristophanes’ mockery of Olympus with modern mockery.

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  • In the next, in _Aristophanes 'Apology_, we first find her in matured strength, almost mastering Aristophanes; and afterwards in the depth of grief, as she flies with her husband over the seas to

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  • The _Lokasenna_, a poem whose author has been called the Aristophanes of the Western Islands, is a dramatic piece in which Loki, the Northern Satan, appearing in the house of the gods, is allowed to bring his railing accusations against them and remind them of their doings in the "old days."

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  • Not contented with resting his objections to dramatic immorality and religion, Jeremy labours to confute the poets of the 17th century, by drawing them into comparison with Plautus and Aristophanes, which is certainly judging of one crooked line by another.

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  • Gresham's law ought to be called Aristophanes 'law.

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  • This has filled them with an implacable hatred against Aristophanes, which is mingled with the spirit of philosophy; a spirit, wherever it comes, more dangerous than any other.

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  • Aristophanes, which is certainly inexcusable, I think, to judge properly of it, it would be necessary to lay aside the prejudices of birth, nations, and times, and to imagine we live in those remote ages in a state purely democratical.

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  • Readers of Plato's Symposium, for example, may recall Aristophanes 'absurd myth of creation: men and women were originally egglike creatures with eight limbs, and one head but two faces.

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  • ‡ As the cultural center of Greece, ancient Athens was home to influential writers and thinkers such as Aristophanes, Euripides, Socrates, and Plato.


  • To me it appears impossible to read the line without seeing that Pope had in his mind the latter idea, that of poor, little, shabby, statureless monosyllables, as opposed to big, bouncing, brave, sonorous polysyllables, such as Aristophanes called [Greek: hræmata hippokræmna].

    Notes and Queries, Number 53, November 2, 1850


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