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|The best known "portrait" of Aristophanes, a Roman era bust at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. That's the playwright's name (in Greek) on the pedestal, but the likeness is doubtful. According to references in his comedies and a taunt by his rival Eupolis, he was prematurely bald.|
In a chorus from "Peace" (421 BC), Aristophanes explained why the audience of the City Dionysia should award his play first prize: "I pained folk but little and caused them much amusement; my conscience rebuked me for nothing. Hence both grown men and youths should be on my side and I likewise invite the bald to give me their votes; for, if I triumph, everyone will say, both at table and at festivals, "Carry this to the bald man, give these cakes to the bald one, do not grudge the poet whose talent shines as bright as his own bare skull the share he deserves". (Incidentally, Eupolis took the prize that year. "Peace" came in second).
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