14. Aristophanes (c.446 BC – c.386 BC)

Original language: Greek.

I read a cheapo Delphi Classics Kindle edition, what the book says is an “anonymous translation for the Athenian Society, London, 1912.”

I read The Clouds, The Acharnians, and The Birds.

The Clouds is a send-up of Socrates (who is portrayed as having his head in them).

I’m surprised that the characters (led by Socrates) openly question the existence of Zeus and the other gods. Also, the play is pretty funny. And bawdy. It has references to small and large penises, shit, and sex. 


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