Aristophanes

(c. 446 - c. 386 BCE)

Athenian playwright and Father of Comedy.

Wrote nearly 100 plays (only 11 survive today), originated the Old Comedy form in Ancient Greek literature.

Author of The Clouds in which a character named ‘Socrates’ teaches sophistical arguments and natural investigations to those who can afford it. According to Plato, Aristophanes was unwittingly responsible for the infamous reputation of the philosopher Socrates that eventually lead to his trial and execution in 399 BCE (see Plato’s Apology, 3a-4d).

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