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Ἀριστοφάνης γένος καὶ κατάλογος τῶν αὐτοῦ ποιημάτων

Ἀριστοφάνης Ῥόδιος ἤτοι Λίνδιος, οἱ δὲ Αἰγύπτιον ἔφασαν, οἱ δὲ Καμειρέα, θέσει δὲ Ἀθηναῖος (ἐπολιτογραφήθη γὰρ παρ’ αὐτοῖς), κωμικός, υἱὸς Φιλίππου, γεγονὼς ἐν τοῖς ἀγῶσι κατὰ τὴν ϙδ΄ Ὀλυμπιάδα (404/3), εὑρετὴς τοῦ τετραμέτρου καὶ ὀκταμέτρου, καὶ παῖδας σχὼν Ἀραρότα, Φίλιππον, Φιλέταιρον. τινὲς δὲ αὐτὸν καὶ ἀπὸ δούλων ἱστορήκασι. δράματα δὲ αὐτοῦ μδ΄·

Aristophanes—origins and catalogue of his poetic works.

Aristophanes, a Rhodian or Lindian, some said an Egyptian, others a Camerian; but officially he was an Athenian (for he was enrolled as a citizen in Athens), a comic poet, the son of Philip, who began competing in the 94th Olympiad. He was the founder of the tetrameter and octameter. His children were Araros, Philip, Philetaerus. Some have said that he was born of slaves. He wrote forty-four dramas…

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