Aristophanes

Author of Essential Thinkers - Socrates

Aristophanes
Aristophanes

Aristophanes was a playwright of ancient Athens (Greek: ???????????; c. 446 BCEc. 386 BCE). About 11 of his works are known in their entirety, and they are the only surviving "Old Comedy" style plays. They are The Acharnians, The Birds, The Clouds, The Ecclesiazusae, The Frogs, The Knights, Peace, Plutus, The Thesmophoriazusae, The Wasps. These plays have been translated into many languages and continue to be staged or adapted for theatrical prod... uctions. Aristophanes satirized 5th-century BC Athens' political and social issues, such as the ongoing Peloponnesian War, the city-state structure, the role of women in public life, and the influence of philosophers (especially Socrates) in shaping public opinion.READ MORE

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Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.

Let each man exercise the art he knows.

By words the mind is winged.

Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, and drunkenness sobered, but stupid lasts forever.

High thoughts must have high language.

Calonice: My dear Lysistrata, just what is this matter you've summoned us women to consider.What's up? Something big?
Lysistrata: Very big.
Calonice: (interested) Is it stout too?
Lysistrata: (smiling) Yes, indeed -- both big and stout.
Calonice: What? And the women still haven't come?
Lysistrata: It's not what you suppose; they'd come soon enough for that.

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