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The Wasps

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  391 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
This Comedy, which was produced by its author the year after the performance of 'The Clouds, ' may be taken as in some sort a companion picture to that piece. Here the satire is directed against the passion of the Athenians for the excitement of the law-courts, as in the former its object was the new philosophy. And as the younger generation-the modern school of thought-we ...more
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Published January 1st 2006 by (first published -422)
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Oct 22, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: greek-drama
Okay, I'm not quite sure what Aristophanes was on when he wrote this play. Aside from having a typical satirical tone, The Wasps has some very odd qualities to it, including men arguing with wasps and dancers dressing up as crabs. Maybe it's because the opening of the play shows two completely wasted servants- perhaps the play is a bit "drunk" itself. Nevertheless, I enjoy the weirdness of this play, and honestly am not surprised that it turned out this way.

Once again, Aristophanes attacks loca
Dec 01, 2013 §-- rated it liked it
Shelves: plays, greeks
Not as good as Racine's revision (Les Plaideurs). Much simpler in plot than the Racine, but much less simple in dialogue.

The Plot: The Wasps can be divided into 2 parts; it is something like two different one-act plays stapled together. The first part details Bdelycleon ("enemy of Cleon," the democrat demagogue)'s attempts to keep his insane father Philocleon ("friend of Cleon") locked in his house, and his attempts to cure him of his obsession with courts. Philocleon is a professional juror or
Sep 27, 2013 Cristian rated it liked it
Still has quite a lot of relevance nowadays; were it not for the names, the customs and the public offices uniique to 5th century BC Athens, one could feel this work to be in any setting "closer to home". It themes are profound, its everpresent, underlying critique of the powers-that-were on Athens at that time masqueraded as a somehow grotesque satire. If one can get past the names, the forms of speech and the solemnity of the characters, one sees deep, desperate humans, each vying for somethin ...more
Edward Cheer
Jan 08, 2016 Edward Cheer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very unique and comedic look at the politics and economics of Greece. Wasps shows how when men can cluster together in a political forum, they turn ravenous and deadly towards others and towards themselves. But since this is written by Aristophanes, he also manages to juggle this message along with some very hilarious scenes (one in particular, would have to be the scene where Bdelycleon and Philocleon have a court over a guilty dog. The ending to the whole play is a little floppy, while it al ...more
David Sarkies
Jul 09, 2015 David Sarkies rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People interested in Classical Greek culture
Recommended to David by: David Hester
Shelves: comedy
Very much a reflecting of our own society
13 June 2012

This ancient Athenian play is about something that is quite close to our heart even today:the generation gap. I remember reading a play in High School English called One Day of the Year which is also about the generation gap, though in this play the conflict is over the appropriate way to celebrate Anzac Day (a holiday which celebrates our fallen war heroes for all you non-Australians out there). I will not go into any further detail on this
Brian Schiebout
May 03, 2013 Brian Schiebout rated it really liked it
The Wasps is a comedy written by the Greek playwright Aristophanes and translated into English by Benjamin Rogers. The Wasps like most of Aristophanes's work finds its humor by showing the ridiculousness of leading Athenian politicians of the 5th century BC. This particular play focuses on the relationship between the dicasts who formed the judicial community of Athens and the demagogues who were its chief politicians. The story begins at the home of Philocleon, a dicast who has been held captiv ...more
Jun 08, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite ancient plays, the wasps plays on the social standing of the elderly within the ancient Greek polis, and is portrayed through the reversal of roles between father and son. Aristophanes manages to take a serious subject such as juries and the assembly of Ancient Greece, and turn it into an old man pretending to be smoke whilst climbing out of a chimney. Amazing.
Kent Winward
Sep 20, 2012 Kent Winward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Early Greek legal drama at its funniest. The play works best if you cut it off after the conclusion of the trial of Labes, the house dog, but you can keep reading for 2500 year old smut and fart humor.

I need to go find the Racine play that also tries the household dog, ala Aristophanes.
Jan 09, 2012 Ella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Swapping of roles is always humorous. Acts were more consistently entertaining than Frogs. Procleon is a likeable and crude fellow. Hard to imagine play properly performed with no point of comparison.
Rob Roy
May 06, 2012 Rob Roy rated it liked it
Shelves: ancient-lit, play
Aside from humor that does not tarnish with age, this play is an interesting insight into the life of 5th century BC Athens
Jose F.
Jan 17, 2013 Jose F. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
Quizá no sea la mejor introducción a la comedia de Aristófanes... mejor Lisístrata.
Jul 08, 2013 Fátima rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads, teatro
It's supposed to be a comedy, but it doesn't have any fun bits. Awkward.
Not bad, wouldn't have read it if it wasn't for school, though
Adam K.
ditto my review of The Birds.
Jan 04, 2013 Caracalla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the ending sucked
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Aristophanes (Greek: Αριστοφάνης; c. 446 BCE – c. 386 BCE) was a playwright of ancient Athens.

About 11 of his works are known in full, and they are the only plays of the "Old Comedy" style to have survived. They are The Acharnians, The Birds, The Clouds, The Ecclesiazusae, The Frogs, The Knights, Peace, Plutus (wealth), The Thesmophoriazusae, and The Wasps. These plays have been translated into m
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