- In the Greco-Roman drama, a type of mimepopular in the 4th and 3rd centuries BC. The comic playlets,which were probably mostly improvised, combined burlesque with scenesfrom everyday life. Writers of the phlyax in the 4th centuryBC included Rhinthon of Tarentum. Information about the formcomes mainly from vase paintings, which reveal that it was performedon a primitive stage consisting of a wooden platform supported onposts. The phlyax was eventually absorbed into the Roman atellana.