Achaeus of Eretria (in Greek Aχαιος; born 484 BC) in Euboea was a Greek playwright author of tragedies and satyr plays, variously said to have written 24, 30, or 44 plays, of which 19 titles are known, some of which include Adrastus, Linus, Cycnus, Eumenides, Philoctetes, Pirithous, Theseus, and Œdipus. ...more on Wikipedia about "Achaeus of Eretria"
Achaeus of Syracuse (in Greek Aχαιος; lived 4th century BC) was an ancient Greek tragedian native of Syracuse. The Suda ascribes to him 10 plays, while the Pseudo-Eudocia 14. He may be the "Achaios" who won a victory at Athens' Lenaia festival in 356 BC. ...more on Wikipedia about "Achaeus of Syracuse"
Aeschylus ( 525 BC— 456 BC; Greek: Α σχύλος) was a playwright of ancient Greece. ...more on Wikipedia about "Aeschylus"
Agathon (c. 448- 400 BCE) was an Athenian tragic poet and friend of Euripides and Plato. He is best known from his mention by Aristophanes in his Thesmophoriazusae and in Plato's Symposium, which describes the banquet given to celebrate his obtaining a prize for his first tragedy ( 416). He was the long time (10-15 years) beloved of Pausanias, also mentioned in the Symposium and Protagoras. Pausanias followed Agathon to the court of Archelaus, king of Macedon, who was recruiting playwrights. This is where Agathon probably died. He introduced certain innovations, and Aristotle (Poetica, 9) tells us that the plot of his Antho was ...more on Wikipedia about "Agathon"
Antiphanes, the most important writer of the Middle Attic comedy with the exception of Alexis, lived from about 408 to 334 BCE. ...more on Wikipedia about "Antiphanes"
Aphareus ( fourth century BCE) was an Ancient Greek tragedian and orator. He attended the school of Ioscrates, along with Theodectes. He was the son of Hippias the sophist, and the adopted son of Isocrates, left behind him thirty-seven tragedies, and had been successful in winning four victories. ...more on Wikipedia about "Aphareus (writer)"
Aristarchus of Tegea was a contemporary of Sophocles and Euripides, who lived to be a centenarian, to compose seventy pieces and to win two tragic victories. Only the titles of two of his plays, with a single line of the text, have come down to us, though his Achilles was freely borrowed by Ennius. Among his merits seems to have been that of brevity; for, as Suidas relates, he was "the first one to make his plays of the present length." ...more on Wikipedia about "Aristarchus of Tegea"
Aristophanes (c. 448 BC- 380 BC; Greek ΄Αριστοφανης) was a Greek comic dramatist. ...more on Wikipedia about "Aristophanes"
Epicharmus (c 540–c 450 BCE), also called Epicharmus of Kos, was a Greek dramatist and philosopher often credited with being one of the first comic writers, having originated the Doric or Sicilian comedic form. He and Phormis were the reported as one of the first to have invented comic fables.¹ ...more on Wikipedia about "Epicharmus of Kos"
Eupolis (c. 446 BC- 411 BC) was an Athenian poet of the Old Comedy, that flourished in the time of the Peloponnesian War. ...more on Wikipedia about "Eupolis"
Euripides (c. 480 – 406 BC) was the last of the three great tragedians of classical Athens, along with Aeschylus and Sophocles. ...more on Wikipedia about "Euripides"
Menander ( 342– 291 BC), Greek dramatist, the chief representative of the New Comedy, was born in Athens. He was the son of well-to-do parents; his father Diopeithes is identified by some with the Athenian general and governor of the Thracian Chersonese known from the speech of Demosthenes De Chersoneso. He doubtless derived his taste for the comic drama from his uncle Alexis. ...more on Wikipedia about "Menander"
Neophron of Sicyon was one of the most prolific of dramatists, to whom are accredited one hundred and twenty pieces, of which only a few fragments of his Medea remain. This, it is said, Euripides used in his tragedy which bears the same title, though, according to some authorities, Neophron lived in the time of Alexander the Great. As Suidas tells us, he introduced in his plays the torture of slaves, such scenes, according to the canons of dramatic art, not being produced on the stage, but merely referred to by messengers. ...more on Wikipedia about "Neophron"
Pratinas was one of the earliest tragic poets of Athens, he was a native of Phlius in Peloponnesus. About 500 BC he competed with Choerilus and Aeschylus, when the latter made his first appearance as a writer for the stage. ...more on Wikipedia about "Pratinas"
Rhinthon (c. 323–285 B.C.), Greek dramatist, son of a potter. He was probably a native of Syracuse and afterwards settled at Tarentum. He invented the hilarotragoedia, a burlesque of tragic subjects. Such travesties were also called phlyaces ("fooleries") and their writers phlyacographi. He was the author of thirty-eight plays, of which only a few titles ( Amphitryon, Heracles, Orestes) and lines have been preserved, chiefly by the grammarians, as illustrating dialectic Tarentine forms. The metre is iambic, in which the greatest licence is allowed. The Amphitruo of Plautus, although probably imitated from a different writer ( Archippus of the Middle Comedy), may be taken as a specimen of the manner in which such subjects were treated. There is no doubt that the hilarotragoedia exercised considerable influence on Latin comedy, the Rhinthonica (i.e. fabula) being mentioned by various authorities amongst other kinds of drama known to the Romans. Scenes from these travesties are probably represented in certain vase paintings from Lower Italy, for which see H. Heydemann, "Die Phlyakendarstellungen auf bemalten Vasen," in Jahrbuch des archaologischen Instituts, i. (1886). ...more on Wikipedia about "Rhinthon"
Sophocles (497/6? BC– 406 BC; Greek: ) was one of the three great ancient Greek tragedians, together with Aeschylus and Euripides. According to the Suda he wrote 123 plays; in the dramatic competitions of the Festival of Dionysus (where each submission by one playwright consisted of four plays, three tragedies and a satyr play), he won more first prizes (around 20) than any other playwright (Lloyd-Jones 1994: 8). His first victory was in 468, although scholars are no longer certain that this was the first time that he competed (Scullion 2002). ...more on Wikipedia about "Sophocles"
Theodectes (c. 380 to 340 BCE) was a Greek rhetorician and tragic poet, of Pliaselis in Lycia who lived in the period which followed the Peloponnesian war. Along with the continual decay of political and religious life, tragedy sank more and more into mere rhetorical display. The school of Ioscrates produced the orators and tragedians, Theodectes and Aphareus. He was also a pupil of Plato and an intimate friend of Aristotle. He at first wrote speeches for the law courts though he soon moved on to compose tragedies with success. He spent most of his life at Athens, and was buried on the sacred road to Eleusis. The inhabitants of Phaselis honored him with a statue, which was decorated with garlands by Alexander the Great on his way to the East. ...more on Wikipedia about "Theodectes"
Xenocles was an Ancient Greek tragedian. Aristophanes calls him an execrable poet and was never tired of ridiculing him; describing, along with his father, Carcinus of Agrigentum, three brothers and a member of the third generation (also called Carcinus), "a whole potful of tragic crabs". Xenocles, or Zenocles, gained the first prize with one of his trilogies when in competition with Euripides. But Aelian accounts for this by saying that "the jury were either intellectually incapable of a proper decision or else they were bribed." ...more on Wikipedia about "Xenocles"
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