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Eupolis

(fl. 429—411 bc)


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Was regarded as one of the greatest poets of the Old Comedy. His first play was produced in 429 bc; he won three victories at the Lenaea and at least one at the City Dionysia.

Flatterers (421) ridiculed Callias (1), for cultivating the company of sophists. Maricas (also 421) was an attack on Hyperbolus, comparable with Aristophanes' attack on Cleon in Knights. In Demes great Athenians of the past were brought up from the Underworld to give advice to the present. In Taxiarchs the soft‐living Dionysus is subjected to hard military and naval training by Phormion (1).

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