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By Aristophanes

A poet who hated an age of decadence, armed clash, and departure from culture, Aristophanes' comedian genius prompted the political and social order of his personal fifth-century Athens. yet as Moses Hadas writes in his creation to this quantity, 'His real declare upon our awareness is because the so much great and creative and considerate wit our international has known.' contains The Acharnians, The Birds, The Clouds, Ecclesiazusae, The Frogs, The Knights, Lysistrata, Peace, Plutus, Thesmophoriazusae, and The Wasps.

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