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C. C. FELTON, A. M.,
ELIOT PROFESSOR OF GREEK LITERATURE IN THE UNIVERSITY AT CAMBRIDGE.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1857, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
ALLEN AND FARNHAM, STEREOTYPERS AND PRINTERS.
ARISTOPHANES was the son of Philippus, an Athenian citizen, belonging to the Cydathenæan borough and the Pandionian tribe. The dates of his birth and death are equally unknown. He is said to have been a mere youth when he first employed himself in writing comedy; and as his earliest piece, The Revellers, was brought out B. c. 427, the approximate date of his birth has been assumed as B. C. 444, on the supposition that the words of the scholiast, oyedòv μeigazíoxos, designate about the age of seventeen.* His last recorded representation in his own name was that of the Second Plutus, B. C. 388, one year before the peace of Antalcidas, and in the fifty-sixth year of the poet's life. It is stated in the Greek argument, that he resigned his two later pieces, the Cocalos and the Eolosicon, to his son Araros, who had been introduced to the theatrical public as an actor in the Plutus. The probability is, that Aristo
* See note on line 530.