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“Make life a misery for them, and they’ll give up trying soon enough. No man is ever going to get satisfaction if the woman doesn’t choose that he should” (Aristophanes, Lysistrata, 164-66).




446 BCE – 386 BCE
Dates are approximate

Aristophanes, author of the only works of Old Attic Comedy that survive complete, was the son of Philippus and the father of Araros. It has been inferred (wrongly, perhaps) that he lived, or owned property, on Aegina. Since he considered himself too young in 427 BCE to produce a play himself, he is unlikely to have been born earlier than 460 and may have been born as late as 450.


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