Why is Aristophanes called the Father of Comedy?

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Mark Cartwright
by TED-Ed
published on 12 May 2020

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Aristophanes, often referred to as the Father of Comedy, wrote the world’s earliest surviving comic dramas. They're stuffed full of parodies, songs, sexual jokes and surreal fantasy — and they’ve shaped how comedy’s been written and performed ever since. Mark Robinson shares a brief history of Aristophanes.

Lesson by Mark Robinson, directed by Anton Bogaty.

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TED-Ed. (2020, May 12). Why is Aristophanes called the Father of Comedy?. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2026/why-is-aristophanes-called-the-father-of-comedy/

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TED-Ed. "Why is Aristophanes called the Father of Comedy?." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified May 12, 2020. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2026/why-is-aristophanes-called-the-father-of-comedy/.

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TED-Ed. "Why is Aristophanes called the Father of Comedy?." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 12 May 2020. Web. 18 Jul 2024.