Aristophanes made fun of Socrates and Portrayed him a Mad Man! (Post No.4138)

Aristophanes made fun of Socrates and Portrayed him as a Mad Man! (Post No.4138)
Compiled by London Swaminathan

 

Date: 7 August 2017

 

Time uploaded in London- 21-07

 

Post No. 4138

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Aristophanes was the greatest comic playwright of ancient Greece. His comedies are the earliest roots of the film, theatre and television comedies we enjoy today. Other ancient writers list 40 plays by Aristophanes; only 11 of these have survived to the present.

 

Very little is known about the life of Aristophanes. Born in the city of Athens, he started writing before he was 20. Aristophanes lived through a period of great political and social change. For 27 years, Athens fought a bitter war  against its archival , the city of Sparta. The eventual defeat of Athens  brought to an end  the greatest period of ancient Greek civilization  and was followed by a time of political instability during which Athens was ruled by dictators and corrupt governments. Aristophanes wrote plays about the changes he saw going around him.

 

Born in the city of Athens he started writing before he was 20.  Aristophanes lived through a period of great political and social change. For 27 years Athens fought a war against its arch rival Sparta. The eventual defeat of Athens brought to an end the greatest of ancient Greek civilization and was followed by a time of political instability during which Athens was ruled by dictators and corrupt governments.

 

Many of Aristophanes’ plays are satires. He criticizes political leaders by making them seem ridiculous; often the leaders are out witted by the hero of the play, who is portrayed as an ordinary citizen.

Aristophanes also made fun of people such as philosophers, teachers and lawyers, whom he felt corrupted society. Nobody was safe from his sharp words even the most respected figures of the time are made to look foolish.

In his play the great Greek Philosopher and teacher Socrates is portrayed as a mad man who has an evil influence on the young people of Athens.

He wrote The Frogs in 405 BCE.

Frogs, or The Frogs is one of Aristophanes’ greatest comedies and is justly celebrated for its wit and keen commentary on Athenian politics and society. It is the last surviving work of Old Comedy and is thus also notable for heralding a passing era of literature. While it is a comedy, it is also a trenchant political satire and expresses Aristophanes’ views on Athenian democracy and the value of poetry.

 

Born in 450 BCE

Died in 385 BCE

Age at death 65

 

Publications

The Acharnians

The Knights

The Clouds

The Wasps

The Peace

The Birds

Lysistrata

Thesmophoriazusae

The Frogs

Plutus

 

Source: Who wrote What When? Reference Book

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FATHER OF TRAGEDY – AESCHYLUS WROTE 80 PLAYS!

 

Aeschylus was one of the greatest playwrights of ancient Greece. He is sometimes called the Father of Tragedy because he is said to have invented it as a form of theatre.

Little is known about Aeschylus’s life because he lived so long ago. Historians think that he was born at Eleusis near Athens. He made several trips to Sicily in Italy during his life time, and it is thought that he died there.

Aeschylus fought in two of the most famous battles of ancient history; the Battle of Marathon in 490 BCE and the Battle of Salamis in 480 BCE. Both were desperate struggles in which the democratic Greek city-states defeated armies of powerful Persian empire, which was trying to conquer them.  experience of these events can be seen in his vivid writing about war and suffering.

 

in Aeschylus’ a time the theatre was an important of community life. Regular play writing competitions were held and the winners were highly regarded. Aeschylus first entered one of these competitions in 472 BCE with his lay The Persians, and he won first prize. Over the course of his career, Aeschylus is thought to have written more than 80 plays, 52 of which won first prizes. Unfortunately, only seven of them survived.

Aeschylus’s plays have strong political messages. he used myths or old stories to make moral points about the events that he saw going on around him. They were so powerfully written that they are still performed today, almost 2500 years later!

Born in 524 BCE

Died in 456 BCE

Age at death: 68

Publications:

The Persians

Seven against Thebes

The Suppliants

Promethus Bound

Oresteia consisting of 3 plays:

Agamemnon

The Libation Bearers

Eumenides

–Subham–

 

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