Curbing the Comedians: Cleon Versus Aristophanes and Syracosius' Decree

  title={Curbing the Comedians: Cleon Versus Aristophanes and Syracosius' Decree},
  author={J. E. Atkinson},
  journal={The Classical Quarterly},
  pages={56 - 64}
  • J. Atkinson
  • Published 1 May 1992
  • History
  • The Classical Quarterly
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