Why is Aristophanes called "The Father of Comedy"? - Mark Robinson

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    Aristophanes, often referred to as the Father of Comedy, wrote the world’s earliest surviving comic dramas. They're stuffed full of parodies, songs, sexual jokes and surreal fantasy -- and they’ve shaped how comedy’s been written and performed ever since. Mark Robinson shares a brief history of Aristophanes.
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  • TED-Ed
    TED-Ed  9 months ago +166

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    • #1 lobster
      #1 lobster 6 months ago

      That trump joke was funny, but not as funny as you think it was. Nor was it very subtle.

    • Lock Jaw
      Lock Jaw 9 months ago

      TED-Ed that’s funny using trump in the video

    • Devin Smith
      Devin Smith 9 months ago +1

      should make a video on the Berlin airlift

    • Athul Jeev
      Athul Jeev 9 months ago

      make a video on history of songs

    • Ethan Byarugaba
      Ethan Byarugaba 9 months ago

      Don't mind me just spreading Hope: #FreeBobiWine

  • Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford

    Check out the University of Oxford's new video on Aristophanes, comedy and politics! Tune in for memes, wheatfields, and A.I. comedians!

    Are memes as old as time itself?

  • Bestcool5
    Bestcool5 9 days ago

    *coughy cougher* charlie chaplin

  • Don Chindle
    Don Chindle 22 days ago

    He also targeted the lower class too though!

  • catheadmoon
    catheadmoon 27 days ago

    because he wrote the first comedies.

  • Admiral Good Boy
    Admiral Good Boy Month ago

    So we use to live in a pc world

  • Ithidis
    Ithidis Month ago

    Sam Hyde MDE

  • Hammy Boi11
    Hammy Boi11 Month ago +1

    I thought it said airplanes

  • Sorabh Pant
    Sorabh Pant Month ago +1

    Been saying this for centuries: Aristophanes needs a Netflix special.

  • Julen Akalina
    Julen Akalina Month ago

    2:06 that's literally DONALD TRUMP

  • Criminology 101
    Criminology 101 Month ago

    Comedy has always existed among humans, Aristophanes simply made it into plays which wasn't common.

  • Lord Giant Flying Spaghetti Monster

    Aristophanes must be rolling in his grave with these memes

  • Silver
    Silver Month ago

    I see what you did there

  • Marilyn Zhang
    Marilyn Zhang Month ago +1

    I like that low-key trump shade

  • Jimin Bang
    Jimin Bang Month ago

    2:21the guy in the front and he looks like trump...

  • boomboom2413
    boomboom2413 Month ago

    (2:00) Donald trump being one of the targets

  • Kold Kream
    Kold Kream 2 months ago

    2:02 balls of steel to mock trump

  • Goyurin HST
    Goyurin HST 2 months ago

    i want sub thai

  • your in the tity commity

    My ancestors better have said a "that's what she said" jokes or else I will be disappointed

  • Vampire
    Vampire 2 months ago

    2:06 wtf is trump doing there?

  • Jack park
    Jack park 2 months ago

    Trump lives rent free in this narrator's mind.

  • Daryll Jan Dela Rosa
    Daryll Jan Dela Rosa 2 months ago

    2:00 lmao TED, not subtle at all 😂

  • Mikayel Alikhanyan
    Mikayel Alikhanyan 2 months ago

    2:10 oh come on couldent you use historical examples, im sick and tired of everything being political

  • generic
    generic 2 months ago +2

    “war mongering warlords” *shows trump*

  • Seray aj
    Seray aj 3 months ago

    2:03 "war mongering generals" im here for the shade ted ed

  • Leto85
    Leto85 3 months ago

    Aristophanes was called 'the Father of Comedy' because he was a man. :)
    I feel smart now.

  • Ultra Woke Supreme
    Ultra Woke Supreme 3 months ago

    Aristophanes is a jackass in AC Odyssey.

  • Smiley face :D
    Smiley face :D 3 months ago

    Creator er of memes

  • Gelidine
    Gelidine 3 months ago +1

    u know how sometimes you are just struck by something that makes you pause and appreciate how you identify with something on like a really profound level?
    thats how i feel about the guy at 1:07

  • winger odyssey
    winger odyssey 3 months ago

    Its interesting to see this video the day after i beat assassins creed odyssey witch actually had you helping the play “the knights” in story and kill kelon

  • Max Finazzo
    Max Finazzo 3 months ago

    Crooked Hercules and all of his friends, they're not nice people, they're not. It's true, believe me.

  • Nicolás Cabello
    Nicolás Cabello 3 months ago

    Is anyone else frightened that "The Babylonians" could have been the first form of "The Aristocrats" joke?

  • Racooninator DEATHpascito

    Big beatle boy

  • Ananthanarayanan R
    Ananthanarayanan R 3 months ago

    Kleon was the first and original snowflake it seems

  • Andyyy Wu
    Andyyy Wu 3 months ago

    2:01 TRUMP JOKE!

  • TheBohemian Cowboy
    TheBohemian Cowboy 3 months ago +1

    This is a great video and nice animation but why do the characters have pink circles on their elbows it’s kinda weird and an unnecessary detail

  • elpro 4
    elpro 4 3 months ago

    1: 04 Well, the mood has not changed much :v
    pues no a cambiado mucho el humor :v

  • BigBadSeed
    BigBadSeed 3 months ago

    "People can't resist the truth wrapped in a good joke."
    Milo Yiannopoulos

  • Will Lastnameguy
    Will Lastnameguy 4 months ago

    Nice Trump insert ya twats

  • Poras kinneth
    Poras kinneth 4 months ago +1

    2:02 looks like trump

  • Ethan Jorge Fazon
    Ethan Jorge Fazon 4 months ago

    i loved the subtle reference to Trump... 😂😂😂

  • Player1 Ready
    Player1 Ready 4 months ago +1

    What if the reason his plays were considered comedy because the heroes always win in the end and they were funny because the audience knew it was outlandishly fake

    • Player1 Ready
      Player1 Ready 4 months ago

      To have a world of the heroes always triumphing in the end

  • Yobitch Can't Find Me
    Yobitch Can't Find Me 4 months ago

    This ain't it chief.

  • communist on your backyard


  • Peter Connaghan
    Peter Connaghan 4 months ago

    Of course it’s in the 420s

  • Mangosteen Soda
    Mangosteen Soda 4 months ago

    2:07 Bush, Trump, Obama

  • Sam
    Sam 4 months ago

    Why does everyone have pieces of ham on their elbows.

  • ɖօռǟʟɖ ȶʀʊʍք

    2:03 What's Donald Trump Doing guys?

  • P I L O S O P A U L
    P I L O S O P A U L 4 months ago

    I've only read Aristophanes's CLOUDS (translations/commentaries by Dover, Arrowsmith, Forman, Rogers, and West) and as a Philosophy Major I gotta say it is indeed well written. He also breaks the fourth wall cleverly, probably the first time fourth wall breaking has ever occurred in history.

  • Humungous Gay
    Humungous Gay 4 months ago +2

    I saw the title and I thought “uh, cuz he invented the funny”

    I need help

  • mamertvonn
    mamertvonn 4 months ago

    2:06 lol its trump

  • Anh-Thy Jennifer Boyd
    Anh-Thy Jennifer Boyd 4 months ago

    Oh!!!! That's where Jon Stewart got his comedy schticks from!!!! Nice!!

  • AggelosTezaris
    AggelosTezaris 5 months ago +1

    so pretty much ancient Greece invented memes and on another video I saw of yours history?
    that's cool

  • Liberty Lemonz
    Liberty Lemonz 5 months ago

    Orange man bad

  • moxin87
    moxin87 5 months ago

    Wow that society was great for the 25% free land owning male citizens.

  • Khaled Houssary
    Khaled Houssary 5 months ago

    The only way to evolve is to master and know the past

  • Gary Priestley
    Gary Priestley 5 months ago

    Which play or reference can I find the "I am a comedian" quote at the end?

  • the anime guy
    the anime guy 5 months ago

    Donald trump

  • Goth Nerd
    Goth Nerd 6 months ago

    2:53 I wish Lysistrata would come true

  • Paweł Andonis Gawralidis Dobrzański herbu Leliwa.

    2:00 programing: orange man bad

  • George kikionis
    George kikionis 6 months ago

    2:14 your greek pronunciation makes me crenge.

  • eggdog
    eggdog 6 months ago

    The original dank memer

  • Tzar Nicolas The II
    Tzar Nicolas The II 6 months ago

    Free speech!

  • Hunter Wolf
    Hunter Wolf 6 months ago

    I would love to be this guy in ancient greece instead of some philosophical person.

  • Dean Heng
    Dean Heng 6 months ago +2

    I played AC Odyssey and thank god I watched this video about Aristophanes before I play the game.
    In the game, we set up a play to mock Kleon to remove the people’s support for him. During the quest, there’s dialogue of sausages, the play showing the actor Kleon getting beaten with a huge sausage. Finally the quest is called “The Knights.”
    Following the history in the game makes me so proud and how awesome Aristophanes to do this in 500 century BC!
    PS: also getting into philosophy debates with Socrates and swaying the people of Athens to reconsider their vote is awesome.

  • GizmoRazaar
    GizmoRazaar 6 months ago

    Real subtle, TED-Ed.

  • Katsuki Bakugo Official

    2:01 DONALD TRUMP!

  • Guarionex Batista
    Guarionex Batista 6 months ago

    I Wanna see his meme then

  • Ero Chacho
    Ero Chacho 6 months ago

    The video is actually good for all of those who want to know about the origins of western culture, in this case, comedy: but you still had to add political bias portraying Trump as the "bad guy". We come to these videos to educate ourselves, so please, stop with the BS politics.

    • Ero Chacho
      Ero Chacho 3 months ago

      He is the president, so? The decision of who we mock is ours, we don't need to be "educated" (indoctrinated) We clicked in this video because we wanted to learn about history and culture, we dont want to watch panfletary or propaganda BS. +Amy HOOK

    • Amy HOOK
      Amy HOOK 3 months ago

      In a video referencing how comedy mocks politicians it is clearly relevant to mock the current president of USA :(

  • Kaushik Das
    Kaushik Das 6 months ago

    Trump ??

  • btetschner
    btetschner 6 months ago

    Interesting! I like how you included some techniques of comedy, very thought-provoking.

  • DiscordMarauder
    DiscordMarauder 6 months ago

    Blayt u fake news outlet

  • Lit_Coal
    Lit_Coal 6 months ago

    Aristophanes is Jimmy Fallon's great^20 grandfather

  • Doc Holliday
    Doc Holliday 6 months ago

    Comedy can be the perfect way of taking the powerful down a peg. But when so much of the comedic world speaks on behalf of the powerful that is a problem.

  • Chuck The Aviator
    Chuck The Aviator 6 months ago

    2:03 Bring politics in and ruin all the fun

  • Chale pacubas
    Chale pacubas 6 months ago

    Simple answer
    Cause he is really punny

  • Liz Xu
    Liz Xu 6 months ago

    Is that Trump?

  • Lapuli The lapis lazuli spider

    2:06 Donald trump

  • octapusxft
    octapusxft 7 months ago

    You forgot about how the comedy plays helped get information about the culinary practices of that time since Comedy had room for everyday life and mentions of food

  • Ahmed Muawia
    Ahmed Muawia 7 months ago

    Trump refrences. But still greeks are wonderful people

  • Dead Meme
    Dead Meme 7 months ago

    Free speech 🤔

  • Dead Meme
    Dead Meme 7 months ago

    Muh Twumpie baad

  • Zapzel24
    Zapzel24 7 months ago

    Now the irony is, that we do assignments on this guy which makes us groan in agony when in reality he wanted his works to bring humor to everyone.

  • Just A Commenter
    Just A Commenter 7 months ago

    420+ BC

  • Orchestra Gamer
    Orchestra Gamer 7 months ago

    Free speech through comedy, and yet look at what happened to Dankula :c

  • airay 102
    airay 102 7 months ago

    So aristophanes is the father
    Of comedy **does this mean he was the father of memes too? **

  • revilorere
    revilorere 7 months ago +1

    If he is the father of comedy, then I bet he made some sick dad jokes

  • Non-endearing manchild
    Non-endearing manchild 7 months ago

    Immortal medieval guy:i miss the old days when we could mock the powerful without getting our heads chopped off,only greek kids will remember

  • Aleksandar Vil
    Aleksandar Vil 7 months ago

    Nicolay Gogolj "Revisor"

  • Henderson Richards
    Henderson Richards 7 months ago

    can there be one video made that doesnt throw shade at trump

  • Daniel Newling
    Daniel Newling 7 months ago +1

    The first dank memer #dankAristophanes

  • Skyler Allen Smith
    Skyler Allen Smith 7 months ago

    “But: I am Grimaldi!”

  • books from Windblown
    books from Windblown 7 months ago +1

    Comedy is the best part of life, when the world is horrible and messed up.

  • Potatoe Pete
    Potatoe Pete 7 months ago +5

    Aristhonapes father of memes

  • Aldo Estrada
    Aldo Estrada 7 months ago

    I thought the Jews invented comedy.

  • alexey popov
    alexey popov 7 months ago

    You have Trump inside. So brave...

  • Anime Bird
    Anime Bird 7 months ago

    Greece has their own White Chris Tucker

  • Joshua Chong
    Joshua Chong 7 months ago

    2:03 , of course , Ted Ed hates Trump then proceeds to say Paedophilia is an Ok

  • Pass The Boof Man
    Pass The Boof Man 7 months ago

    I’m just thinking his plays are just Greek Monty Python skits

  • Silver
    Silver 7 months ago

    I think people were cracking jokes before Aristophanes