Meaning of Old Comedy in English:

Old Comedy


  • The earliest of the three phases into which ancient Greek comedy is customarily divided, largely consisting of topical political satire with a festive, farcical tone and a prominent chorus.

    Aristophanes is the principal author of Old Comedy, and his plays are its only surviving examples.


Early 16th century. Compare classical Latin vetus comoedia, antiqua comoedia, prisca comoedia, ancient Greek κωμῳδίαι παλαιαί (plural), Hellenistic Greek κωμῳδία ἀρχαία.