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[66] There are a number of writers of the old comedy, but the best are Aristophanes, Eupolis and Cratinus.1 Aeschylus was the first to bring tragedy into prominence: he is lofty, dignified, grandiloquent often to a fault, but frequently uncouth and inharmonious. Consequently, the Athenians allowed later poets to revise his tragedies and to produce them in the dramatic contests, and many succeeded in winning the prize by such means.

1 Contemporaries: Cratinus (519–422), Aristophanes (448– 380), Eupolis (446–410).

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