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Praxagora: I want all to have a share of everything and all property to be in common; there will no longer be either rich or poor; I shall begin by making land, money, everything that is private property, common to all. 
 Blepyrus: But who will till the soil? 
 Praxagora: The slaves.  - Aristophanes
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Variant: "Then quick bring me a pitcher full of wine, that I may wet my mind, and speak to some good purpose." From: The Comedies of Aristophanes, Volume 1 (1837), translated by Charles Apthorp Wheelwright, p. 299, "The Knights", Act I, Scene I

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Nationality: Greek

Occupation: Poet

Bio: Aristophanes, son of Philippus, of the deme Cydathenaus, was a comic playwright of ancient Athens. Eleven of his 40 plays survive virtually complete. These, together with fragments of some of his other plays, provide the only real examples of a genre of comic drama known as Old Comedy, and they are used to define the genre.

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