（*Prati/nas). one of the early tragic poets who flourished at Athens at the beginning of the fifth century, B. C., and whose combined efforts brought the art to its perfection, was a native of Phlius, and was therefore by birth a Dorian. His father's name was Pyrrhonides or Encomius.
It is not stated at what time he went to Athens, but we find him exhibiting there, in competition with Choerilus and Aeschylus, about Ol. 70, B. C. 500-499. (Suid. s.v. *Ai)sxu/los, *Prati/nas.) Of the two poets with whom he then contended, Choerilus had already been twenty years before the public, and Aeschylus now appeared, for the first time, at the age of twentyfive ; Pratinas, who was younger than the former, but older than the latter, was probably in his full vigour at this very period.
The step in the progress of the art, which was ascribed to Pratinas, is very distinctly stated by the ancient writers; it was the separation of the satyric from the tragic drama (Suid. s.v. prw=tos e)/gr