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Aristophanes: Elixir of Nations

From the murmur and subtlety of suspicion with which we vex one another, give us rest.

Make a new beginning, and mingle again the kindred of nations in the alchemy of love; and with some fine essence of forbearance, temper our minds.

Aristophanes (c. 456–c. 386 B.C.E.) was a leading actor and writer in ancient Greek comedy. Only eleven of his forty plays survive, but these are the only complete plays that remain from Old Attic Comedy, a reference to the dramas of fifth-century Athens.

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