Translating aristophanes' comedies can be a right bugger as early as the first century ad, the highly educated culture-hound plutarch warned against reciting aristophanes at a dinner party – an early version of doing the monty python dead parrot sketch for your friends – because each guest would need a. Born: c 448 bce athens, greece died: c 385 bce athens, greece greek writer aristophanes was the greatest of the writers of the original greek comedy, which flourished in athens in the fifth century bce , and the only one with any complete plays surviving he wrote at least thirty-six comedies, of which eleven still. Born athens, greece genre theatre, humor and comedy edit data aristophanes (greek: αριστοφάνης c 446 bce – c 386 bce) was a playwright of ancient athens about 11 of his works are known in full, and they are the only plays of the old comedy style to have survived they are the acharnians, the birds, the. Although socrates left no written records concerning himself, it is possible to reconstruct a fairly accurate account of his life from the writings of his greek contemporaries aristophanes caricatured him in a work called the clouds xenophon in his memorabilia expressed high praise for socrates, with special reference to the. Biography aristophanes wrote his plays between 427 to 387 bce aristophanes lived in the time of socrates and thucydides, a generation behind sophocles and euripides plato lived a generation after aristophanes aristophanes produced at least forty plays, eleven of which have survived to modern times evidence of. Aristophanes was an ancient greek comic playwright and poet also known as the father of the comedy read more about this prolific writer in the following article.
Unfortunately, we know less about aristophanes the man than we do about his plays, and most of what we do know about him is through references in the plays themselves oblique references in later plays suggest that he was probably born around 446 or 448 bce, possibly the son of a man. Cleon cleon (†422): dominant athenian democratic statesman after the death of pericles in the surviving comedies of aristophanes, the new politician is only presented in a state of anger, and when he speaks, his voice sounds like a scalded pig however, the lack of ancestry can not have been the only. A short aristophanes biography describes aristophanes's life, times, and work also explains the historical and literary context that influenced lysistrata.
Contents [hide] 1 biography 2 the clouds 3 the plot 4 interpretation 5 translations 6 surviving plays 7 non-surviving plays 8 undated non-surviving plays 9 references 10 external links 11 credits. Detailed author biography of aristophanes learn about aristophanes's influences that helped shape lysistrata, and other important details about aristophanes. Aristophanes by, john fiore his attacks on cleon- cleon possibly took legal action against aristophanes after his third comedy waswritten saying it was slander against the polis- however, in his comedy attack on leaders- three years after socrates was put to death, aristophanes passed away 11. The lives of aeschylus, sophocles, and euripides formed the sixth book of satyrus' biographical compendium, which also included philosophers, orators, and statesmen in addition, transmitted with manuscripts of euripides' plays, is an origins and life of euripides genos iagenos ibgenos iigenos iiigenos.
Knowledge of aristophanes is confined almost entirely to his career as a dramatist he was born in athens between 450 and 445 bc into a family of which little is known except that they were not poor he had an excellent education and was well versed in literature, especially poetry, and above all homer and the great. Note \ availabl-32',from `lk edrs price descp:ipt6rs cs 501 177 bryant, donald c, ed and 'others ancient greek, and roman-rhetoricians: a aristophanes of byzantium born 257 bc in by- zantium, aristophanes was among the most, distinguished of the ancient hellenistic scholars associated. Aristophanes is considered the most accomplished of the greek comic poets, and his place in the western canon is immovable his surviving eleven pl.
Aristophanes' political outlook 2 argued at rather greater length that such deductions were of purely biographical interest, contributing nothing to our appreciation of the plays as plays 3 but, quite apart from the perfectly valid additional note (december 2007): the original version of this essay presented readers who do. Aristophanes born: c 450 bc died: c 388 bc cause of death: unspecified gender: male race or ethnicity: white sexual orientation: straight occupation: playwright nationality: ancient greece executive summary: lysistrata, the frogs the great comic dramatist and poet of athens his birth year is uncertain he is known. This leads to the theme of poet attacking poet we have already seen comic poets involved in the legendary death of euripides  aristophanes' most furthermore, as william arrowsmith notes, aristophanes' portrait of cleon was much more savage than was his portrait of socrates  thus it is likely that cleon. The biographical and historical background xenophon deploys in his memoirs of socrates fails to correspond to such additional sources as we have from in a climate of near-hysteria over three months, accusations led to executions ( including summary executions), exile, torture, and imprisonment.
Aeschylus is deemed the winner because his verses about death are heavier dionysus decides to bring aeschylus with him back to athens as they leave, euripides takes aeschylus' chair as the great poet, but it is apparent that most believe the chair now belongs to sophocles, who died as aristophanes was in the middle.
Aristophanes son of philippus, of the deme kydathenaion (latin: cydathenaeum) , was a comic playwright of ancient athens eleven of his forty plays survive virtually complete these, together with fragments of some of his other plays, provide the only real examples of a genre of comic drama known as old comedy, and are. Partly (though for most texts, including aristophanes, only to a rather small extent) to the discovery, mostly in (71–88, 786–795, 1515–1519) that presuppose, as the rest of the play does not, the death of sophocles 9 (u(po/mnhma) on aristophanes—a book of explanatory notes, each keyed to a word or phrase of the. Basic data: dates: c 470-399 bc parents: sophroniscus and phaenarete birthplace: athens occupation: philosopher (sophist) the greek philosopher socrates was born c 470/469 bc, in athens, and died in 399 bc to put this in the context of the other great men of his time, the sculptor pheidias died.