Aristophanes: The Thesmophoriazusae, The Frogs

Finally we encounter the last two plays in Aristophanes’ surviving body of works. I’ve chosen to group these two together because both have prominent references to Greek tragedians and literature in general. We have already seen several instances of reference to Euripedes, for example in The Acharnians, where the playwright is enlisted to help the main … Continue reading “Aristophanes: The Thesmophoriazusae, The Frogs”

Aristophanes: Peace, The Acharnians

Continuing right where we left off, we move away from alternate visions of economic systems and back into anti-war territory as first explored by Lysistrata. Both of these plays feature the idea of a lone protagonist single-handedly procuring peace for Athens, but greeted with wildly different responses. The Acharnians Let’s first briefly talk about The Acharnians, a play … Continue reading “Aristophanes: Peace, The Acharnians”

Aristophanes: Lysistrata, The Ecclesiazusae, Plutus

In the first post about Aristophanes, we learned about four plays named after the type of chorus. We commented upon their important role in channeling the plays’ political aspects. In these four plays, the political satire is as strong as ever. In fact, this is what defines Aristophanes as being a playwright of the Old Comedy, as opposed … Continue reading “Aristophanes: Lysistrata, The Ecclesiazusae, Plutus”

Aristophanes: The Clouds, The Wasps, The Birds, The Knights

I’ve finally finished all 11 of Aristophanes’ plays in the Great Books collection in the last 3 weeks. It took longer because of finals week, which is finally over! Aristophanes is unique compared to the three previous Greek dramatists that we have read through, as he is a comedian, not a tragedian. Aristophanes’ dramas are … Continue reading “Aristophanes: The Clouds, The Wasps, The Birds, The Knights”