Comedy

means a village-song (Greek, Kome-ode), referring to the village merry-makings, in which comic songs still take a conspicuous place. The Greeks had certain festal processions of great licentiousness, held in honour of Dionysos, in the suburbs of their cities, and termed komoi or village-revels. On these occasions an ode was generally sung, and this ode was the foundation of Greek comedy. (See Tragedy.)

The Father of comedy.
Aristophanës, the Athenian (B.C. 444-380).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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