Scholion to Plato’s Apology 19c = Aristophanes T3 Kassel-Austin = T 88a Kannicht

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Ἀριστοφάνης ὁ κωμωιδοποιὸς φαλακρὸς ἦν, ὡς αὐτός φησιν Εἰρήνηι Ar. Pax 771. ἐκωμωιδεῖτο δ’ ἐπὶ τῶι σκώπτειν μὲν Εὐριπίδην, μιμεῖσθαι δ’ αὐτόν. Κρατῖνος·

                            τίς δὲ σύ; κομψός τις ἔροιτο θεατής.
ὑπολεπτολόγος, γνωμιδιώκτης, εὐριπιδαριστοφανίζων.
Fr. 342 K.-A.

καὶ αὐτὸς δ’ ἐξομολογεῖται Σκηνὰς καταλαμβανούσαις·

χρῶμαι γὰρ αὐτοῦ, φησί, τοῦ στόματος τῶι στρογγύλωι,
τοὺς νοῦς δ’ ἀγοραίους ἧττον ἢ ’κεῖνος ποιῶ.
Fr. 488 K.-A.

Aristophanes the comic poet was bald, as he himself says in the Peace. He was mocked for making fun of Euripides whilst simultaneously imitating him. Cratinus says:

                    ‘Who are you?’ a clever theatregoer might ask.
An oversubtle speaker, a maxim-hunter, a Euripidaristophanist.

And he himself acknowledges this in Women Seizing Tents:

For, he says, I make use of his pithy expressions,
But I produce thoughts less common than his.
Relevant guides Aristophanes