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Thespis (fl. 424 BCE – 422 BCE) was an Athenian actor and friend of Aristophanes who lived during the late 5th century BCE.


Around 424 BCE, Thespis was involved in a plot, alongside Aristophanes, to sabotage the reputation of Kleon, a Sage of a branch of the Cult of Kosmos.[1]

Later in 422 BCE, he was present in Elis to conduct a play portraying King Leonidas I of Sparta, sponsored by Rhodanthe. Kassandra helped him in this endeavour.[2]


  • Historically, Thespis is recognized as the first person ever to appear on stage as an actor playing a character in a play (instead of speaking as him or herself). [citation needed] Thespis lived during the 6th century BCE, making his presence in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey anachronistic, if indeed he is meant to be the same individual at all.
  • The word thespian is derived from the historical individual's name.