ARCHIPPUS, an Athenian poet of the Old Comedy, who
flourished towards the end of the 5th centuryB.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 contemporaries
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. (1880); or A. Meineke,
Poetarum Comicorum Graecorum Fragmenta (1855).
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