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Definition: Greek playwright who wrote comedies. He wrote 40 plays, of which 11 survive. Among his famous plays are Clouds and Frogs. His plays were satires, which poked fun at government officials or other important people. His play Clouds was such a satire on Socrates that people actually believed that the things the Socrates said in the play were true. Aristophanes won several First Prizes at the City Dionysia, the annual drama Festival in Athens.

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Ancient Greece
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Biography of Aristophanes
He was much more than his plays. Find out more here.

The Plays and Career of Aristophanes
Find out more about Aristophanes and the plays he wrote.

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