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By: (446-389 BCE)

Strepsiades is an Athenian burdened with debt from a bad marriage and a spendthrift son. He resolves to go to the Thinking Shop, where he can purchase lessons from the famous Socrates in ways to manipulate language in order to outwit his creditors in court. Socrates, represented as a cunning, manipulative, irreverent sophist, has little success with the dull-witted Strepsiades, but is able to teach the old man's son Phidippides a few tricks. In the end, the play is a cynical, clever commentary on Old Ways vs. New Ways, to the disparagement of the former.

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The Athenian Society

ARISTOPHANES

THE ELEVEN COMEDIES

Now For The First Time Literally And Completely Translated From The Greek Tongue Into English

With Translator's Foreword An Introduction To Each Comedy And Elucidatory Notes

The First Of Two Volumes

CONTENTS OF THE FIRST VOLUME

Translator's Foreword Authorities

THE KNIGHTS Introduction Text And Notes

THE ACHARNIANS Introduction Text And Notes

PEACE Introduction Text And Notes

LYSISTRATA Introduction Text And Notes

THE CLOUDS Introduction Text And Notes

INDEX

Translator's Foreword

Perhaps the first thing to strike us paradoxical as it may sound to say so about the Athenian 'Old Comedy' is its modernness . Of its very nature, satiric drama comes later than Epic and Lyric poetry, Tragedy or History; Aristophanes follows Homer and Simonides, Sophocles and Thucydides. Of its essence, it is free from many of the conventions and restraining influences of earlier forms of literature, and enjoys much of the liberty of choice of subject and licence of method that marks present day conditions of literary production both on and off the stage... Continue reading book >>


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