The clouds by aristophanes

Come blows, come hunger, thirst, heat or cold, little matters it to me; they may flay me, if I only escape my debts, if only I win the reputation of being a bold rascal, a fine speaker, impudent, shameless, a braggart, and adept at stringing lies, an old stager at quibbles, a complete table of laws, a thorough rattle, a fox to slip through any hole; supple as a leathern strap, slippery as an eel, an artful fellow, a blusterer, a villain; a knave with a hundred faces, cunning, intolerable, a gluttonous dog.

He is represented as suffering an attack of hiccoughs and this might be a humorous reference to the crude physical jokes in his plays. The audience is asked to worship the Clouds, who recall their assistance to Athens.

Shall not the air, which is boundless, produce these mighty claps of thunder? The Athenian commander Lamachus tries to stop him, but by the end of the play Lamachus slumps wounded and dejected while Dicaeopolis enjoys a peacetime life of The clouds by aristophanes, wine, and sex.

They promise divine favours if the audience will punish Cleon for his corruption, and rebuke the Athenians for messing about with the calendar and putting it out of step with the moon. The first two of their aggrieved creditors arrive with court summonses, and the confident Strepsiades dismisses them contemptuously, and returns indoors to continue the celebrations.

Rejoicing in the prospect of talking their way out of financial trouble, Strepsiades leads the youth home for celebrations, just moments before the first of their aggrieved creditors arrives with a witness to summon him to court.

I tell you, that the Clouds, when full of rain, bump against one another, and that, being inordinately swollen out, they burst with a great noise.


Frogs in fact won the unique distinction of a repeat performance at a subsequent festival. He flogs the Second Creditor until he runs off. In the absence of clear biographical facts about Aristophanes, scholars make educated guesses based on interpretation of the language in the plays.

For example, conversation among the guests turns to the subject of Love and Aristophanes explains his notion of it in terms of an amusing allegory, a device he often uses in his plays.

With such epithets do I seek to be greeted; on these terms they can treat me as they choose, and, if they wish, by Demeter! Nevertheless you elected him; it is said, Athens never resolves upon some fatal step but the gods turn these errors into her greatest gain.

While Strepsiades is gloating that his son is a splendid example of Unjust Argument, he is visited by two creditors. In The Clouds however, the Chorus appears sympathetic at first but emerges as a virtual antagonist by the end of the play.

Strep watches the Clouds enter and sing and dance. Socrates is suspended in a basket hanging from the ceiling--because he has difficulty thinking unless he is in a rarified atmosphere.

At one point, the Chorus declares that the author chose Athens for the first performance of the play implying that he could have produced it somewhere elsebut this is itself a joke as the play is specifically tailored to an Athenian audience.

He expects the son to learn enough cleverness to confuse and keep off the creditors. Female characters were played by men but were easily recognized in long, saffron tunics. Give heed to our just reproaches. See Article History Aristophanes, born c.

The conservative views expressed in the plays might therefore reflect the attitudes of the dominant group in an unrepresentative audience.

He attempts one further lessons, directing Strepsiades to lie under a blanket in order to encourage thoughts to arise naturally in his mind. An attack is made on the character and policies of Cleon d. What is the lightning then?Oh! most mighty king, the boundless air, that keepest the earth suspended in space, thou bright Aether and ye venerable goddesses, the Clouds, who carry in your loins the thunder and the lightning, arise, ye sovereign powers and manifest yourselves in the celestial spheres to the eyes of your sage.

The Clouds is a comedy written by the celebrated playwright Aristophanes lampooning intellectual fashions in classical Athens. It was originally produced at the City Dionysia in BC and it was not well received, coming last of the three plays competing at the festival that year/5(24).

Aristophanes (particularly in reference to The Clouds) is mentioned frequently by the character Menedemos in the Hellenic Traders series of novels by H. N. Turteltaub. A liberal version of the comedies have been published in comic book format, initially by "Agrotikes Ekdoseis" during the s and republished over the years by other companies.

(The Clouds of Aristophanes, produced inis the best-known example.) Although Socrates himself wrote nothing, he is depicted in conversation in compositions by a small circle of his admirers—Plato and Xenophon first among them.

He is portrayed in these works as a man of great insight, integrity. So, then, why are you reading The Clouds? To learn how to question academic authority.

To learn how to question academic authority. And, if you're anything like Aristophanes, you'll question academic authority in a filthy-mouthed, scat-joke-ridden, whoopee-cushion-filled way. “The Clouds” (Gr: “Nephelai”) is a comedy by the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes, originally produced at the Athens City Dionysia of BCE.

It is perhaps the world's first extant “comedy of ideas” and lampoons intellectual fashions in classical Athens.

The clouds by aristophanes
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