Biography of Aristophanes


Aristophanes (a-ris-tof'-a-neez). The most celebrated of the ancient Athenian writers of comedy, contemporary with Socrates and Plato. He wrote 54 comedies, of which 11 only remain. In one of them, "The Clouds," Socrates (or rather the philosophy of the age) is held up to ridicule. The date of his death is not known.