By Aristophanes

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Mind you, I can’t say that she’s lazy, not at all, she knew how to weave, If you know what I mean. In-out, in-out, she loved to poke the thread! ) HOUSEBOY: There’s no oil left in the lamp. STREPSIADES: Why did you use the thirstiest lamp in the house? You’ve earned a beating. Come here. HOUSEBOY: Why should I? 46: Megacles was a common name of the prominent aristocratic Alcmaeonid clan. Both Pericles and Alcibiades were related. 51: Saffron was the traditional golden yellow color of female festive robes and a bride’s wedding veil.

Peter Meineck 1-pgi-Aristophanes6646 Rpt 9/21/07 10:09 AM Page 1 Clouds Strepsiades (center) and characters from Clouds. The London Small Theatre Company, Amsterdam 1990 2-pg1-Aristophanes6646Rprt 9/21/07 10:04 AM Page 2 Clouds: Introduction Clouds is certainly Aristophanes’ best-known comedy. If modern readers know one of his plays, it is usually this one, although in the late years of the twentieth century, Lysistrata may run a close second. ) figure of Socrates in the comedy. Plato and Xenophon created a character of legendary importance in classical culture, and Aristophanes’ contemporary caricature of him attracted a huge amount of attention.

STUDENT: You should have heard the new concept that Socrates recently announced. STREPSIADES: What concept? Tell me, I beg you! 155 STUDENT: Chaerephon of Sphettus asked Socrates to pronounce his opinion on an important scientific matter. STREPSIADES: What was that? STUDENT: Whether the hum of a gnat is generated via its mouth or its anus. STREPSIADES: Really? And what did he find out about the gnat? STUDENT: He said that the intestine of a gnat is extremely constricted and that air is pressed through this narrow conduit to the anus, then the sphincter, acting as an oscillating cavity in close proximity 151: These were soft calf-length leather boots (*151 Booties).

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