PHERECRATES2nd half of 5th century B.C.
Athenian comic poet of ancient Attic comedy. He was a little older than Aristophanes. He is credited as the author of 16 comedies. Many passages from his comedies are quoted by Athenaios ( Dipnosophistai ). Initially Pherecrates was an actor. As a writer of comedies he imitated Cratias and, because he was a genuine representative of the Athenian spirit, he was called "Atticotatos". The subjects of his comedies were myths and cases of his own invention, while the metre he used in most cases and which is therefore called pherecratei consists of three feet, one finger and two trochai and is distinguished into ending and non-ending.