Cratinus (krətī´nəs), d. c.419 BC, Athenian comic dramatist. He won the prize at the Athenian drama contest when Aristophanes competed with The Clouds and was regarded with Aristophanes and Eupolis as one of the greatest comic dramatists. He attacked Pericles violently in his plays. Fragments of his plays survive.
See R. Rosen, Old Comedy and the Iambographic Tradition (1988).