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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Комментарии • 798

  • TED-Ed
    TED-Ed  5 месяцев назад +145

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    • #1 lobster
      #1 lobster 3 месяца назад

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

    • Lock Jaw
      Lock Jaw 5 месяцев назад

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

    • Devin Smith
      Devin Smith 5 месяцев назад +1

      should make a video on the Berlin airlift

    • Athul Jeev
      Athul Jeev 5 месяцев назад

      make a video on history of songs

    • Ethan Byarugaba
      Ethan Byarugaba 5 месяцев назад

      Don't mind me just spreading Hope: #FreeBobiWine

  • Smiley face :D
    Smiley face :D 13 часов назад

    Creator er of memes

  • Gelidine
    Gelidine 2 дня назад

    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 7 дней назад

    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 7 дней назад

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

  • Nicolás Cabello
    Nicolás Cabello 11 дней назад

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

  • Racooninator
    Racooninator 13 дней назад

    Big beatle boy

  • Ananthanarayanan R
    Ananthanarayanan R 14 дней назад

    Kleon was the first and original snowflake it seems

  • Verry Thinn , Help
    Verry Thinn , Help 15 дней назад

    2:01 TRUMP JOKE!

  • Torbjorn Main
    Torbjorn Main 15 дней назад +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 18 дней назад

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

  • BigBadSeed
    BigBadSeed 19 дней назад

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

  • Will Lastnameguy
    Will Lastnameguy 23 дня назад

    Nice Trump insert ya twats

  • Poras kinneth
    Poras kinneth 27 дней назад +1

    2:02 looks like trump

  • Ethan Jorge Fazon
    Ethan Jorge Fazon Месяц назад

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

  • Chungus Amungus
    Chungus Amungus Месяц назад

    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

    • Chungus Amungus
      Chungus Amungus Месяц назад

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

  • Yobitch Can't Find Me
    Yobitch Can't Find Me Месяц назад

    This ain't it chief.

  • i love fucking lamps
    i love fucking lamps Месяц назад


  • Peter Connaghan
    Peter Connaghan Месяц назад

    Of course it’s in the 420s

  • Mangosteen Soda
    Mangosteen Soda Месяц назад

    2:07 Bush, Trump, Obama

  • Sam
    Sam Месяц назад

    Why does everyone have pieces of ham on their elbows.

  • Vladimir Lenin
    Vladimir Lenin Месяц назад

    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 Месяц назад

    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.

  • Azul Oropeza
    Azul Oropeza Месяц назад +2

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

    I need help

  • mamertvonn
    mamertvonn Месяц назад

    2:06 lol its trump

  • Anh-Thy Jennifer Boyd
    Anh-Thy Jennifer Boyd Месяц назад

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

  • AggelosTezaris
    AggelosTezaris Месяц назад

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

  • Liberty Lemonz
    Liberty Lemonz Месяц назад

    Orange man bad

  • moxin87
    moxin87 2 месяца назад

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

  • Khaled Houssary
    Khaled Houssary 2 месяца назад

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

  • Gary Priestley
    Gary Priestley 2 месяца назад

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

    • Mark Robbo
      Mark Robbo 28 дней назад +1

      Acharnians, line 500

  • the anime guy
    the anime guy 2 месяца назад

    Donald trump

  • Goth Nerd
    Goth Nerd 2 месяца назад

    2:53 I wish Lysistrata would come true

  • Paweł Andonis Gawralidis Dobrzański herbu Leliwa.

    2:00 programing: orange man bad

  • George kikionis
    George kikionis 3 месяца назад

    2:14 your greek pronunciation makes me crenge.

  • George Sakkas
    George Sakkas 3 месяца назад

    Really dude Trump a warmonger?

  • George Sakkas
    George Sakkas 3 месяца назад

    Really dude Trump a warmonger?

  • big yeeter
    big yeeter 3 месяца назад

    The original dank memer

  • Tzar Nicolas The II
    Tzar Nicolas The II 3 месяца назад

    Free speech!

  • Hunter Wolf
    Hunter Wolf 3 месяца назад

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

  • Dean Heng
    Dean Heng 3 месяца назад

    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 3 месяца назад

    Real subtle, TED-Ed.

  • that's what she said!
    that's what she said! 3 месяца назад

    2:01 DONALD TRUMP!

  • Guarionex Batista
    Guarionex Batista 3 месяца назад

    I Wanna see his meme then

  • Ero Chacho
    Ero Chacho 3 месяца назад

    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 21 день назад

      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 21 день назад

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

  • Kaushik Das
    Kaushik Das 3 месяца назад

    Trump ??

  • btetschner
    btetschner 3 месяца назад

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

  • DiscordMarauder
    DiscordMarauder 3 месяца назад

    Blayt u fake news outlet

  • Lit_Coal
    Lit_Coal 3 месяца назад

    Aristophanes is Jimmy Fallon's great^20 grandfather

  • Doc Holliday
    Doc Holliday 3 месяца назад

    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 3 месяца назад

    2:03 Bring politics in and ruin all the fun

  • Chale pacubas
    Chale pacubas 3 месяца назад

    Simple answer
    Cause he is really punny

  • Liz Xu
    Liz Xu 3 месяца назад

    Is that Trump?

  • Lapuli The lapis lazuli spider
    Lapuli The lapis lazuli spider 3 месяца назад

    2:06 Donald trump

  • octapusxft
    octapusxft 4 месяца назад

    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 4 месяца назад

    Trump refrences. But still greeks are wonderful people

  • Dead Meme
    Dead Meme 4 месяца назад

    Free speech 🤔

  • Dead Meme
    Dead Meme 4 месяца назад

    Muh Twumpie baad

  • Zapzel24
    Zapzel24 4 месяца назад

    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 4 месяца назад

    420+ BC

  • Orchestra Gamer
    Orchestra Gamer 4 месяца назад

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

  • airay 102
    airay 102 4 месяца назад

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

  • revilorere
    revilorere 4 месяца назад +1

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

  • Non-endearing manchild
    Non-endearing manchild 4 месяца назад

    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 4 месяца назад

    Nicolay Gogolj "Revisor"

  • Henderson Richards
    Henderson Richards 4 месяца назад

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

  • Daniel Newling
    Daniel Newling 4 месяца назад +1

    The first dank memer #dankAristophanes

  • Skyler Allen Smith
    Skyler Allen Smith 4 месяца назад

    “But: I am Grimaldi!”

  • soyon manlai
    soyon manlai 4 месяца назад +1

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

  • Potatoe Pete
    Potatoe Pete 4 месяца назад +3

    Aristhonapes father of memes

  • Aldo Estrada
    Aldo Estrada 4 месяца назад

    I thought the Jews invented comedy.

  • alexey popov
    alexey popov 4 месяца назад

    You have Trump inside. So brave...

  • Anime Bird
    Anime Bird 4 месяца назад

    Greece has their own White Chris Tucker

    KOCOBO JE SRBIJA ! 4 месяца назад

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

  • Pass The Boof Man
    Pass The Boof Man 4 месяца назад

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

  • Silver
    Silver 4 месяца назад

    I think people were cracking jokes before Aristophanes

  • Captain Cancer
    Captain Cancer 4 месяца назад

    hmm yes we are so intelligent for making trump an arrogant warmonger in symbolism of how we dont like him yes

  • PineapplePie
    PineapplePie 4 месяца назад

    We are doing a unit on Greece in class, but we only skimmed over the subject of Aristophanes. This was so cool to learn!!
    (I'll make sure to impress my teacher with my newfound knowledge next week) ;)

  • Big Lumpy Beetle
    Big Lumpy Beetle 4 месяца назад

    Sure you could call him the father of comedy... or, you can call him the jokey daddy. Its up to you.

  • Jackie Zhang
    Jackie Zhang 4 месяца назад +2

    Trump build a wall with his stomach??

  • peroz1000
    peroz1000 4 месяца назад

    Aristophanes looks badass.

  • El Bandito
    El Bandito 4 месяца назад

    We need old comedy back. :D

  • Brandon Tim
    Brandon Tim 4 месяца назад

    Because he made a lot of dad jokes? I dont know..

  • No Subs
    No Subs 4 месяца назад

    Hey, I thought the Athenians didn’t allow women outside

  • EsPiri Reis
    EsPiri Reis 4 месяца назад

    he sounds like Kemal Sunal who is a turkish comedian he played in many comedy films and he made viewers think while made them laugh and he mocked politicians and powerful people such as mafia and millionares. He also had a good heart... but a frail heart. He was afraid of airplanes and when he tried to travel on plane for the first time he had a heart attack and died.

  • Ben Vitale
    Ben Vitale 4 месяца назад +2

    Of course you had to make it political. Ugh

  • Jason Regan
    Jason Regan 4 месяца назад

    this guy is awesome

  • Evers Humor
    Evers Humor 4 месяца назад

    They made fun of trump

  • nicolas B.
    nicolas B. 4 месяца назад

    2:00 I think Trump could fit all three. Well, except for being intellectual.

  • Bob A Linx
    Bob A Linx 4 месяца назад

    3:42 I can totally see Pop Team Epic doing something like this!

  • Warren foster
    Warren foster 4 месяца назад

    So when the Spartans attacked the city of Athens itself and tore down its walls did he just continue with the “love, not war” act?

  • Pickle Rick
    Pickle Rick 4 месяца назад

    You make yourself believe that youre the funniest person in the world, when you made someone special laugh.

  • rvharkless
    rvharkless 4 месяца назад

    "Comedy too can sometimes discern what is right. I shall not please, but I shall say what is true"
    -Aristophanes, "Acharnians" 425BC

  • Stephen Moore
    Stephen Moore 4 месяца назад

    was that trump zehhahah

  • mari cielo mafi castro sanchez
    mari cielo mafi castro sanchez 4 месяца назад

    this type of videos are the ones that are least seen and are the ones that offer the most culture, we should spread them more and contribute with the knowledge in the world

  • Gorgo Time
    Gorgo Time 5 месяцев назад +1

    lolo is the monkey

  • Monde du Silence
    Monde du Silence 5 месяцев назад +1

    Just think: 2,500 years ago, there was a place on earth where people were going to the theatre to see actors making fun of the rulers. 2,500 years later, in about half of this world, this is still almost impossible.

  • Rebecca Perry
    Rebecca Perry 5 месяцев назад

    So, he was basically a Ancient Greek version on John Oliver.

  • Nicoli Xavier
    Nicoli Xavier 5 месяцев назад

    2:01 "His targets were arrogant politicians...."
    2:03 Is that trump? Lol

  • K1naku5ana3R1ka
    K1naku5ana3R1ka 5 месяцев назад

    So he basically trolled everyone?