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9Pytine was a brilliant piece of metatheatre, which I have discussed in the general introduction. Ameipsias’ play seems to have focused on a musician (Connus) and had a chorus of phrontistai (“thinkers”). , at the Dionysia Festival in the city of Athens. K. S. public performance at the Judith Anderson Theatre, New York, in May 1990, directed by Fiona Laird and produced by Peter Meineck. * refers to an endnote (found at the end of the play). Each footnote is preceded by the line number to which it refers.
2-pg1-Aristophanes6646Rprt 9/21/07 10:04 AM Page 21 Clouds 21 STREPSIADES: Amazing! And to think, some people still think highly of Thales! Come on, open, open the Pondertorium! Quickly, I want to see him. I want to meet Socrates! I can’t wait any longer, I’m dying to learn. Open the door! 180 (The central doors open and the ekkyklema is rolled out onstage. ) By Heracles! What on earth are these creatures! STUDENT: You seem surprised. What do you think they are? * (Pointing to a group of the students) Why are they staring at the ground?
Both Arguments have their moments, and good comedy will allow the spectator to sympathize with and laugh at both. ) xxxii–lvii and J. Henderson in Sommerstein et al. (1993) 307–19. 2-pg1-Aristophanes6646Rprt Clouds 9/21/07 10:04 AM Page 7 7 them. We must assume, I think, that he knew the difference between Socrates and a sophist, and that as a comedian he could not pass up the opportunity that Socrates provided. He was the obvious target for a caricature of the intellectual movement. , when the chorus talks of the previous failure of “this comedy” and at 553 mentions Eupolis’ Maricas, which was not produced until 421, at the Lenaea.
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