Aristophanes

Aristophanes was born in the year 400 BC, most likely in Athens. About 449 BC, he was born, and between 386 and 380 BC, he died. Although nothing is known about his life, he is depicted in Plato's Symposium. In the 420s, he was threatened with prosecution twice for his outspoken criticisms on the powerful politician Cleon, but in 405 he was publicly praised and crowned for encouraging civic unity in Athens in The Frogs. Aristophanes composed forty plays in total, the first of which he had produced when he was approximately twenty-one years old. The Birds and Other Plays, Lysistrata and Other Plays, and The Wasps/The Poet and the Women/The Frogs are the titles of Aristophanes' eleven surviving plays, which are published in the Penguin Classics series.