Definition of Middle Comedy in English:

Middle Comedy


  • The second of the three phases into which ancient Greek comedy is customarily divided, in which boisterous social and political satire gives way to fictional plots and a focus on contemporary domestic life.

    Considered to be the transition phase between Old Comedy and New Comedy, extending from the last works of Aristophanes to the first play of Menander.


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Ogilby (1600–1676), publisher and geographer.