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(Clouds.pdf) s t Edited on the Basis of Kock s Edition br Aristophanes was a Greek comic playwright A satirist he used the freedom of Old Comedy to ridicule public figures institutions even the gods The Clouds lampoons intellectual fashions in classical Athens It was originally produced at the City Dionysia in BC amp wasn t well received coming last of the three plays competing at the festival It was revised between Thereafter it was circulated in manuscript form No copy of the original production survives Scholarly analysis indicates that the revised version is an incomplete form of Old Comedy This incompleteness isn t obvious in modern translations amp performances The Clouds can be considered not only the first extant comedy of ideas but also a successful example of that genre The play gained notoriety for its caricature of Socrates ever since its mention in Plato s Apology as a factor contributing to his trial br The plot is simple A man belonging to the once sound amp uncorrupted core of the people a countryman who s suffered material amp moral ruin thru evils common to the times tho not yet himself attacked by the poison of the new culture is led by adverse circumstances to embrace it He s been wealthy amp could have enjoyed his property in peace but want of character have involved him in a series of misfortunes External influence amp the desire to raise himself above his rank have induced him to marry a noble but mistrained girl of a proud familyDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Clouds books for multiple devices.