In Aristotle's treatise on poetry, Poetics, he mentions in chapter 4 that the earliest forms of comedy evolved from phallic songs.

"Be that as it may, Tragedy - as also Comedy - was at first mere improvisation. The one originated with the authors of the Dithyramb, the other with those of the phallic songs, which are still in use in many of our cities."

Phallic songs were likely parts of ancient festivals, and Aristotle is supposing them to be predecessors to comedy.

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