Phrynichus

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Phrynichus,

fl. 430 B.C., Athenian comic poet. Fragments of his works, of the Old Comedy, survive.

Phrynichus

(frĭn`ĭkəs), fl. c.510–476 B.C., Athenian dramatist, considered by some ancients (including Plato) to be the founder of tragedy. His historical play, The Taking of Miletus, which concerns the capture of Miletus by the Persians, had such a painful theme that it moved the Athenian audience to tears, and Phrynichus was fined. He is said to have been the first to use female characters and was famous for his choreography. Fragments of his dramas survive.
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Mr Wiid read a paper on the origin and development of drama, in which he commented on the festivals of Dionysus, Thespis, Phrynicus, satyr-plays, Aeschylus' contribution, the structure of a tragedy and the theatre building before dealing with comedy (its origins, tone and organic growth, the phlyakes, Old Attic comedy and Aristophanes).
The spectacle must have been impressive: towering epics based on the Greek myths, written in superb poetry by the great dramatists of the time: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and others less well remembered, like Thespis, Agathon, and Phrynicus.