ARISTOPHANES CLOUDS WASPS BIRDS PDF

Shelves: plays We read "The Clouds" in freshman year seminar and I remember begin surprised by some of the theatrical conventions for Greek comedy and enjoying the lampooning of philosophers. I was also surprised at how good the farce and slapstick were. There We read "The Clouds" in freshman year seminar and I remember begin surprised by some of the theatrical conventions for Greek comedy and enjoying the lampooning of philosophers. There are chunks in the middle that I would completely excise, but I love the net-covered house, the calling of a cheese grater as a witness, the wacky chants from the chorus, and the servant master relationship never gets old for me. If one were seriously studying this play, it would be worthwhile to cross-reference several editions. The Frogs and the Wasps are also readable translations, but based on A good reading translation of The Clouds in this volume - Arrowsmith definitely renders the play readable and makes several of the more topical jokes relevant to modern audiences.

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Rather than being addicted to gambling, drink or good times, he is addicted to the law court, and his name is Philocleon suggesting that he might actually be addicted to Cleon. Despite the vigilance of the slaves, Philocleon surprises them all by emerging from the chimney, disguised as smoke. Bdelycleon manages to push him back inside, and other attempts at escape are also barely foiled. As the household settles down to some more sleep, the Chorus of old decrepit jurors arrives. When they learn that their old comrade is imprisoned, they leap to his defense, swarming around Bdelycleon and his slaves like wasps.

Bdelycleon responds by arguing that jurors are in fact subject to the demands of petty officials and anyway get paid less than they deserve because most of the revenues from the empire go into the private treasuries of politicians like Cleon.

The first case is a dispute between the household dogs, with one dog who looks like Cleon accusing the other dog who looks like Laches of stealing a cheese and not sharing it. Although Philocleon is not fooled by these devices, he is easily tricked by his son into putting his vote into the urn for acquittal, and the shocked old juror is taken off to prepare for some entertainment later that night.

Father and son then return to the stage, with Bdelycleon trying to convince his father to wear a fancy woollen garment and fashionable Spartan footwear to the sophisticated dinner party to be held that evening. The drunk Philocleon comes on stage with a pretty girl on his arm and aggrieved victims on his heels. Bdelycleon angrily remonstrates with his father for kidnapping the girl from the party and tries to take the girl back to the party by force, but his father knocks him down.

As others arrive with grievances against Philocleon, demanding compensation and threatening legal action, he makes an ironic attempt to talk his way out of trouble like a sophisticated man of the world, but it only serves to inflame the situation further and finally his alarmed son drags him away.

The Chorus sings briefly about how difficult it is for men to change their habits and it commends the son for filial devotion, after which the entire cast returns to the stage for some spirited dancing by Philocleon in a contest with the sons of the playwright Carcinnus.

The populist politician and leader of the pro-war faction, Cleon, had succeeded Pericles as the dominant speaker in the Athenian assembly and was increasingly able to manipulate the courts for political and personal ends including providing jurors with cases to try to keep up their pay. There is clearly an overt political suggestion that Athens needs to sweep away the old corrupt regime, and replace it with a new youthful order of decency and honesty. There was no appeal from the decisions of such juries, few rules of evidence and all sorts of personal attacks, second hand opinion and other forms of doubtful evidence were admitted in court and juries were capable of acting like mobs, whipped up into making all sorts of wrong decisions by a skilful public speaker like Cleon.

Philocleon in particular is a complex character whose actions have comic significance, psychological significance and allegorical significance. Although a funny, slapstick character, he is also quick-witted, crafty, excessive, selfish, stubborn, lively and full of energy, and is an appealing character despite his philandering, his irresponsibility as a juror and his early career as a thief and a coward.

The debilitating effects of old age and the dehumanizing effects of an addiction, however, are sombre themes that lift the action beyond the scope of a mere farce.

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Rather than being addicted to gambling, drink or good times, he is addicted to the law court, and his name is Philocleon suggesting that he might actually be addicted to Cleon. Despite the vigilance of the slaves, Philocleon surprises them all by emerging from the chimney, disguised as smoke. Bdelycleon manages to push him back inside, and other attempts at escape are also barely foiled. As the household settles down to some more sleep, the Chorus of old decrepit jurors arrives.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. No trivia or quizzes yet. At about the same time that this stage translation by Peter Meineck of Clouds. These are adequate translations of notoriously difficult Greek to English works. The second volume is eagerly awaited.

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