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political satire

A political satire is any use of humour? to attack or ridicule (same thing) a political person or position, or take such a position. It is a subset of satire as such.

The origins of known political satire go back at least to the ancient Greeks:
  • Archilochus? wrote the first known work of cultural satire
  • Aesop? 's fables? were allegorical? satires that came to serve as conceptual metaphors and a foundation for moral grammar for much of subsequent Mediterranean Sea? civilization, e.g. terms like "sour grapes?" and "ant and grasshopper?" have acquired very specific moral meaning
  • Aristophanes?' works, especially The Birds? and Lysistrata?, are accepted as the first modern political satires
  • Aristotle?, the great Greek taxonomist?, describes satire in his Poetics.
  • the first known Roman satire was written by the Roman poet Ennius?;

Comedians like Lenny Bruce? have often been targetted for their art.

Today those operating in the Anglosphere, such as Jon Stewart?, Rick Mercer? and Lewis Black?, do so with relative impunity. But only once they are famous enough.


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