A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology

Smith, William

A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. William Smith, LLD, ed. 1890

(Ἀραρώς), an Athenian comic poet of the middle comedy, was the son of Aristophanes, who first introduced him to public notice as the principal actor in the second Plutus (B. C. 388), the last play which he exhibited in his own name: he wrote two more comedies, the Κώκαλος and the Αἰολοσίκων, which were brought out in the name of Araros (Arg. ad Plut. iv. Bekker), probably very soon after the above date. Araros first exhibited in his own name B. C. 375. (Suidas, s. v.) Suidas mentions the following as his comedies: Καινεύς, Καμπυλίων, Πανὸς γοναί, Ὑμέναιος, Ἄδωνις, Παρθεννίδιον. All that we know of his dramatic character is contained in the following passage of Alexis (Athen. 3.123e.), who, however, was his rival:

καὶ γὰρ Βούλομαι ὕδατός σε γεῦσαι· πρᾶγμα δʼ ἐστί μοι μέγα φρέατορ ἔνδον ψυχρότερον Ἀραρότος.