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Following Kleon's rise in the political arena, he drew the attention of Aristophanes, who sought to besmirch Kleon's reputation, and make him laughing-stock. Due to this, Kleon ordered his right-hand man, Commander Rhexenor, to prevent the show in 424 BCE. Rhexenor's attempts where foiled by the Spartan misthios Kassandra, who ensured that Aristophanes' main actor, Thespis, was able to participate. The play was a success.