Aristophanes’ Clouds

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Unformatted text preview: Aristophanes’ Clouds Aristophanes’ John Clikeman Aristophanes’ Clouds Aristophanes’ John Clikeman Background Background • • • Produced in 423 at the City Dionysia Took third (and last) place Was partially reworked by Aristophanes to be produced again. The version we have is the half­finished revision The Clouds The Clouds • The Olympian Gods are replaced with the Clouds which • • • due to there ever­changing and flighty nature are the natural deities for all airheads Vertigo (from the Greek Dinos) replaces Cosmic Zeus: Dinos the whirling gyre is important in Democritus’ view of the Universe, while a clay jar, Dinos, probably stood outside the Thinkery The clouds cause thunder, rain, and other phenomena through their various bodily functions Clouds are different shapes to make fun of people, like Cleisthenes, by turning into women, etc. Socrates Socrates • The play makes fun of Socrates and other Sophists, including the many politicians influenced by their teachings • The excerpt is based off a real theory of Diogenes • Socrates addressed this play in his Apology before the court of Athens Excerpt: lines 221­234 Excerpt: lines 221­234 • • • • • • • • • • • • STREPSIADES Socrates! my little Socrates! SOCRATES loftily Mortal, what do you want with me? STREPSIADES First, what are you doing up there? Tell me, I beseech you. SOCRATES POMPOUSLY I am traversing the air and contemplating the sun. STREPSIADES Thus it's not on the solid ground, but from the height of this basket, that you slight the gods, if indeed.... SOCRATES I have to suspend my brain and mingle the subtle essence of my mind with this air, which is of the like nature, in order clearly to penetrate the things of heaven. I should have discovered nothing, had I remained on the ground to consider from below the things that are above; for the earth by its force attracts the sap of the mind to itself. It's just the same with the watercress. Works consulted Works consulted • "Euripides." Wikipedia. N.p., 24 Nov. 2009. Web. 12 Jan. 2010 ...
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