Such caricatures seem to imply that aristophanes was an old-fashioned conservative, yet that view of him leads to contradictions but it is not certain that they were a representative sample of the athenian citizenry plato was only a boy when the events in the symposium are supposed to have occurred and it is possible that his.
Aristophanes was a greek writer of old comedy who is known for his plays about current events, including the war between athens and sparta where only tragedy had been performed until about 486 bc while aristophanes produced most of his own plays, he did not initially do so not until the acharnians, a pro-peace play and one of those.
Aristophanes (c448 bc–c388 bc), greek playwright and comic poet, whose surviving plays are the only extant examples of greek old comedyexact details of his birthplace and life are not known, but most likely he was educated in and lived in athens. Aristophanes was the most famous writer of old comedy plays in ancient greece and his surviving works are the only examples of that style his innovative. As in another aristophanes play, the wasps, a troubled traditional father is pitted against his citified young son the old versus the new strepsiades, the father, is an old farmer who had married well beyond his means and whose son, pheidippides, has an affinity for horses.
The language of aristophanes' plays, and in old comedy generally, was valued by ancient commentators as a model of the attic dialect the orator quintilian believed that the charm and grandeur of the attic dialect made old comedy an example for orators to study and follow, and he considered it inferior in these respects only to the works of homer.
Aristophanes: aristophanes, the greatest representative of ancient greek comedy and the one whose works have been preserved in greatest quantity he is the only extant representative of the old comedy—that is, of the phase of comic dramaturgy (c 5th century bce) in which chorus, mime, and burlesque still played.