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Timeline of Events

  • Present day c. 423 BCE

    Strepsiades tells Pheidippides about his debt.

    Prologos
  • Same morning

    Strepsiades meets Socrates at the Thinkery.

    Prologos
  • A little later

    Socrates takes Strepsiades on as a student.

    Prologos
  • Sometime after

    The Chorus asks the audience for a good review.

    Parabasis 1
  • A little later

    The Chorus warns the audience about corruption in Athens.

    Parabasis 1
  • A few days later

    Socrates expels Strepsiades from the Thinkery.

    Episode 1
  • Soon after

    Strepsiades sends Pheidippides to school in his place.

    Episode 1
  • Moments later

    The Better Argument loses a debate to the Worse Argument.

    Agon 1
  • Five days to pay the debt

    Pheidippides reveals his new debate skills.

    Episode 2
  • Same day

    Strepsiades chases away his creditors.

    Episode 2
  • The end of the month

    Pheidippides physically attacks his father.

    Agon 2
  • Moments later

    Strepsiades loses a debate to Pheidippides.

    Agon 2
  • Soon after

    Strepsiades burns down the Thinkery.

    Exodos

Scene Summaries Chart

Scene Summary
Prologos In Athens, Greece, around 423 BCE, just before dawn, middle-aged farmer Strepsiades sleeps in his house beside his teena... Read More
Parodos Socrates summons the "Thunder-bearing Clouds." Strepsiades, expecting rain, pulls his cloak over his head. The Chorus of... Read More
Parabasis 1 The Chorus wishes Strepsiades luck in his quest. The Chorus Leader then turns to address the audience directly. She spea... Read More
Episode 1 Socrates enters from the Thinkery, grumbling. He swears he's never met a more forgetful man than Strepsiades. He calls t... Read More
Agon 1 After Strepsiades's statement about Better and Worse arguments, two men emerge from the Thinkery in the middle of a spir... Read More
Parabasis 2 The Chorus Leader addresses the judges of the Dionysia competition who will vote for the winning play. If the judges vot... Read More
Episode 2 Strepsiades leaves his house for the Thinkery. He's dreading his court case, which will be decided in five days. He stil... Read More
Agon 2 Strepsiades runs out of his house calling for help. Pheidippides is following him and beating him over the head. Pheidip... Read More
Exodos Strepsiades turns to the Clouds and blames them for his new troubles. The Chorus says Strepsiades made his choices himse... Read More
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