|Title of host publication||The Encyclopedia of Greek Comedy|
|Editors||Alan H. Sommerstein|
|Publisher||John Wiley & Sons|
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
The composer Richard Wagner (1813–83) was a lifelong reader of Greek literature, especially drama, and regarded Aristophanes as ‘the greatest Greek genius’. His early theoretical works show the influence of Frogs, and he once wrote a short comic libretto in which the Aristophanic inspiration was explicit. The influence of the comedian has also been detected in some of Wagner’s major operas, especially Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.