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CHRONOLOGY

This chronology contains the dates of (a) Aristophanes' surviving plays, (b) certain prominent events mentioned in the plays themselves, and (c) a selection of other important occurrences. The chronology of Aristophanes' lost plays will be separately discussed in an appendix to volume iii of the translation.

c.525 Birth of Aischylos, tragic playwright.
514 Murder of Hipparchos, brother of the Athenian tyrant Hippias, by Harmodios and Aristogeiton.
510 With Spartan help, the Athenians expel the tyrant Hippias.
508 Kleomenes, Spartan king, occupies Athenian Akropolis but is forced to withdraw.
Kleisthenes' democratic reforms of Athenian politics, including creation of demes.
c.496 Birth of Sophokles, tragic playwright.
490 First Persian invasion of Greece, under Dareios. Battle of Marathon.
486 Comic drama introduced into the official programme of the City Dionysia festival (spring).
480 Second Persian invasion of Greece, under Xerxes. Battles of Artemision, Thermopylai, and Salamis.
c.480 Birth of Euripides, tragic playwright.
478 Founding of Delian League of Greek states against Persia, under Athenian leadership; subsequently turns into Athenian empire.
469 Birth of Sokrates, Athenian philosopher.
462 Further democratic reform at Athens, promoted by Ephialtes and Perikles.
456 Death of Aischylos.
c.455 Birth of Thucydides, Athenian historian.
Athenian system of democratic law courts strengthened; payment introduced, on Perikles' proposal, for jurors.
c.450 Birth of Aristophanes.
447 Building of Parthenon started, financed by Athenian imperial revenues; completed in late 430s. Cult statue of Athena Polias designed by Phidias, sculptor.

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