|Aristophanes. The Clouds. Ancient Greek Text.|
|Elibron Classics, 2000, 260 pages.|
ISBN 9781421215792 paperback
ISBN 9781421215785 hardcover
Replica of 1892 edition by Ginn & Company, Boston.
|Particularly notable for its jabs at Socrates, this comedy relates the endeavors of the impoverished Strepsiades to learn how to fool his creditors. Enlisting as a pupil of Socrates - who is depicted as a corrupt sophist - Strepsiades learns deceit, but not enough to defeat his son, Pheidippides, who also learns Socrates' portrayed 'art.' In anger and disgust, Strepsiades destroys Socrates' school. Most scholars agree that Clouds is a critique of sophistry, not of Socrates himself.|
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|Aristophanes (c.445-c.380 BCE), list of works|
|In addition to such satirical comedies as The Birds, The Clouds, The Frogs, and Lysistrata, Aristophanes wrote over thirty other plays, competing in Athenian drama festivals from at least the age of eighteen. The playwright is known for his biting and undiscriminating satire - he poked fun at the quirks of all classes and many individuals, notably slamming Socrates in The Clouds and even poking fun at the gods in The Frogs and The Birds. The playwright has long been equally enjoyed for his delicate, subtle phrases and his robust humor.|
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