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Diphilus (dĭfˈĭləs) [key], fl. 300 B.C., Greek dramatist of the New Comedy, b. Sinope. His many dramas (perhaps 100) were extensively adapted by Plautus and Terence and influenced the entire Roman stage. The fragments of his works that remain reveal his talent for strongly contrasted scenes and brilliant theatrical effects.

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