By Aristophanes, Translated by Ian Johnston
The comedian drama Clouds (423 BC) is without doubt one of the most famed and renowned satires ever written. In it Aristophanes, the best comedian dramatist of precedent days, takes factor with the highbrow and ethical depravity of his fellow Athenians, relatively with their thirst for radical concepts in conventional methods of considering and for his or her unscrupulous self-interest. The play is very well-known for its portrayal of Socrates, the objective of a lot of the very strong satire. right here, he's pictured as a cartoon of the arch sophist, desirous to make cash through education younger Athenians so that it will effectively use corrupt notions of language, legislations, and simply dealing to their very own virtue. The portrait is obviously at huge odds with what we all know approximately Socrates from different assets; still his personality this is very well-known as an unforgettable photo of a sly highbrow rogue. The Athenians are available in for his or her proportion of funny satiric feedback besides, given how grasping they're to exploit humans like Socrates to flee unwelcome duties. Aristophanes evidently exaggerates significantly for comedian influence, however the ominous tone within the play's finishing reminds us that a few years later those electorate became opposed to the ancient Socrates and condemned him to demise.