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Originally tailored for the level, Peter Meineck's revised translations in achieving a degree of constancy applicable for lecture room use whereas handling to maintain the wit and effort that led the recent Yorker to pass judgement on his CloudsThe most sensible Greek drama we have now ever noticeable anywhere," and the days Literary complement to explain his Wasps as "Hugely stress-free and intensely, very humorous. A common advent, introductions to the performs, and distinctive notes on staging, background, spiritual perform and delusion mix to make this a remarkably beneficial instructing text.

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STREPSIADES: Enough to turn your father into a pauper! “What terrible debt shall strike after Pasias’ bills? ” 30 PHEIDIPPIDES: Make sure my horse has a roll before he goes home! STREPSIADES: It’s my money those damned horses are rolling in! While I am saddled with lawsuits and debts and my creditors can’t wait to seize my property. ) PHEIDIPPIDES: What is it, father? Is it really necessary to spend the entire night twisting and writhing about? STREPSIADES: I’m being bitten to death . . * PHEIDIPPIDES: Please, father.

This is the usual assumption among critics, but the opposite is possible, that the critics, proceeding perhaps on the same lines as Aristotle, first defined Old Comedy as political satire and then sought a comic threesome whose comedy fit that model. Again, care must be used in assessing such jokes. Because Aristophanes makes fun of someone, does that indicate personal animosity or just the recognition that here was good humor? Was anyone ever hurt by comedy? Comedy is usually blamed for the Athenian hostility against Socrates (see Plat.

Where are you? Boy! ) STUDENT: Go to Hell! (The student slams the hatch shut. ) Who’s there? 121: Demeter was the goddess of the harvest. 130 2-pg1-Aristophanes6646Rprt 9/21/07 10:04 AM Page 18 Aristophanes 18 STREPSIADES: Strepsiades, son of Pheidon, from Cicynna. 135 STUDENT: Obviously an uneducated idiot! Don’t you realize that you thoughtlessly banged away at the door with such force that you may well have caused the miscarriage of a brilliant new idea on the verge of discovery! STREPSIADES: I’m very sorry, I’m from far away, in the country.

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