Crates was an Athenian Old Comic poet, who was victorious three times at the City Dionysia, first probably in the late 450s or very early 440s BCE (IG II2 2325. 52; just before Callias and Teleclides); a scholium on Aristophanes Knights 537 (test. 3. 2) reports that he was originally one of Cratinusâ€™ actors. Aristophanes at Knights 537â€“40 (424 BCE) refers to him as an important representative of the previous generation, and according to Aristotle in the Poetics (test. 5) the influence of the Sicilian comic poets made him the first Athenian comic poet to abandon the â€˜iambicâ€™ style and produce plays with a connected storyline. The Suda (test. 1. 1) reports that his brother was an epic poet named Epilycus (otherwise unknown). 60 fragments (including four dubia) of Cratesâ€™ comedies survive, along with ten titles: Neighbours, Heroes, Wild Beasts, Lamia, Metics, Games, Men In Shackles, Orators, Samians, and Daring Deeds.