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Antiphanes, the most important writer of the Middle Attic comedy with the exception of Alexis, lived from about 408 to 334 BC.

He was apparently a foreigner who settled in Athens, where began to write about 387. He was extremely prolific: more than 200 of the 365 (or 260) comedies attributed to him are known us from the titles and considerable fragments preserved in Athenaeus.

Fragments in Koch, Comicorum Atticorum Fragmenta, ii. (1884); also Clinton, Philological Museum, i. (1832).

This entry was originally from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.