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Cratinus

(fl. 450—422 bc)


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Was regarded, with Aristophanes and Eupolis, as one of the greatest poets of Old Attic Comedy (see comedy (greek), old). He won the first prize six times at the City Dionysia and three times at the Lenaea. We have 27 titles and over 500 citations. His Dionysalexandros attacked Pericles for ‘bringing the war upon Athens’, and must belong to 430 or 429. The hypothesis of Dionysalexandros is largely preserved in a papyrus; in this play Dionysus—as the title suggests—was represented as carrying Helen off to Troy; there was a chorus of satyrs. Cratinus' language and style were inventive, concentrated, and allusive, and Aristophanes was much influenced by him.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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