The Clouds (Google eBook)
The satire in this, one of the best known of all Aristophanes' comedies, is directed against the new schools of philosophy, or perhaps we should rather say dialectic, which had lately been introduced, mostly from abroad, at Athens. The doctrines held up to ridicule are those of the 'Sophists'—such men as Thrasymachus from Chalcedon in Bithynia, Gorgias from Leontini in Sicily, Protagoras from Abdera in Thrace, and other foreign scholars and rhetoricians who had flocked to Athens as the intellectual centre of the Hellenic world.—From the introduction to ‘The Clouds’ by Aristophanes.
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Review: CloudsUser Review - David Balfour - Goodreads
It's good to see Socrates called out for his faulty arguments. This contains a good parody of his tendency to come to erroneous conclusions through completely irrelevant analogies. Some of this seems a little mean-spirited though, particularly the ending which condones the lynching of Socrates. Read full review
Review: CloudsUser Review - Evelyn Achilles - Goodreads
It's a shame that Aristophanes didn't win the prize the first time. This play is brilliantly funny, I love Socrates but Aristophanes really knows how to make anyone look bad in a satirical way. Read full review