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ARCHIPPUS

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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 369 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ARCHIPPUS, an Athenian poet of the Old Comedy, who flourished towards the end of the 5th century B.C. His most famous play was the Fishes, in which he satirized the fondness of the Athenian epicures for fish. The Alexandrian critics attributed to him the authorship of four plays previously assigned to Aristophanes. Archippus was ridiculed by his con-temporaries for his fondness for playing upon words (Schol. on Aristophanes, Wasps, 481). Titles and fragments of six plays are preserved, for which see T. Kock, Comicorum Atticorum Fragmenta, i. (188o) ; or A. Meineke, Poetarum Comicorum Graecorum Fragmenta (1855).
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