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Ils vont nu-pieds, leur teint est pâle comme celui des cadavres, leurs regards sont brillants. Ils se servent de leur langue affûtée pour enseigner, contre salaire, l'art exquis de douter de tout, de transformer le discours juste en discours injuste et de vivre au-dessus des lois. Dans l'ombre du « pensoir », ces morts-vivants ont pour maître le bavard, le divin Socrate.
Paperback, Classiques en Poche, 206 pages
Published 2009 by Belles Lettres (first published -423)
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“Well, what do the slanderers say? They shall be my prosecutors, and I will sum up their words in an affidavit: 'Socrates is an evil-doer, and a curious person, who searches into things under the earth and in heaven, and he makes the worse appear the better cause; and he teaches the aforesaid doctrines to others.' Such is the nature of the accusation: it is just what you have yourselves seen in the comedy of Aristophanes (Aristoph., Clouds.), who has introduced a man whom he calls Socrates, goi ...more
Les Nuées sont une pièce d'Aristophane, un auteur de comédie Athénien de la fin du cinquième siècle avant notre ère. A cette époque, la ville d'Athènes était au fait de sa puissance, à la tête d'une redoutable confédération maritime, et au début d'une lutte sans merci contre la confédération de Sparte. Mais ce conflit n’a en rien arrêté une tradition maintenant solidement ancrée dans la culture de la ville, celle des fêtes religieuses qui donnent lieu à des processions et des concours : parmi el ...more
Sigh. I think I'm in the minority here, but for the most part, I just don't find Aristophanes funny. I found myself reading over passages thinking, Okay, I should be laughing, but probably ended up looking like this the entire time:

That is all.
The edition of 'The Clouds' that I read was a part of the anthology Eight Great Comedies and was translated by Benjamin Bickley Rogers. This book that was lent to me by my school as a part of our English unit on comedy, where we briefly studied The Importance of Being Earnest, another play within the volume. As this school year is coming to an end, I figured that I should try to read some of the other comedies while I had the book in my hands.

Reading ancient plays do, by nature, come with some d
If you don't laugh when you read this play, you simply don't have a pulse...

This play is "immediately-turn-you-into-an-actor-reciting-lines-while-walking-through-your-house-by-yourself-as-you-laugh" funny...

But one problem is, I suspect I will never see a live performance that lives up to the one portrayed in my imagination. Honestly a great play to read and probably an especially difficult play to pull off on stage. You need to be very reckless, loud, and have some eccentric, brilliant exaggera
This is Aristophanes' satire lambasting the Sophists, and Socrates in particular (even though Socrates despised the Sophists he was associated with them by the masses). It's also a critique of the litigious nature of Athens at that time. I was struck by some similarities today, especially, ironically, the underlying concept of our society's lax attention to morality in the face of personal gain. "lie a little, take advantage of one's neighbor a little..." etc.

My first foray into the works of Ari
The Clouds may be the best play I've read so far from Aristophanes. It's the cleverest in satire as well as genuinely funny- I mean, if an ancient play can make me laugh as much as an Oscar Wilde play makes me laugh, that's a very, very good sign for what's to come in the future.

In this play, Aristophanes attacks and satirizes Socrates and his followers/students, making them seem ridiculous and illogical. In fact, Aristophanes includes Socrates as a character, who is portrayed as a great teache
Juan Pablo
Obra que critica la sofística (y a Sócrates como sofista, lo que es bastante interesante para la historia de la filosofía), planteando un conflicto que no nos es ajeno, entre folosofía-retórica-conocimento-ciencia y tradición-. El protagonista (un viejo llamado Estrepsíades, adeudado por la afición de su hijo Fidípides a los caballos) va en busca de Sócrates para que le enseñe el arte de la oratoria, a fin de poder librarse de sus acreedores que pronto lo llevarán a juicio. Lo encuentra, como es ...more
Nov 10, 2010 Julie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julie by: Mr. C
There is no better way to understand the general population of 5th century Greece's view of philosophy than through The Clouds. This is the only play I've read by Arisophanes's so far, but I would suspect that his other satires would have the same impact. There is something about the play that is almost like a time capsule to the past. What's even better is that despite its antiquity, it's still hilarious today.

Arisophane's plays were influence, I suspect, because I think the negative portrayal
Aristophanes was an Athenian conservative, and here he illustrated his dislike for those that taught the new way of knowledge, all of whom he identifies as sophists. The clouds are a lovely metaphor for the shifty and subjective nature of sophistic reasoning--one sees what one wishes to see. Socrates (although not actually a sophist) is caricatured and mocked, and dies miserably at the end. All throughout, the clever and crass jokes work superbly, even 2,500 years on. The moral can't be taken se ...more
The Chestertonian (Sarah G)
The language in this version is pretty crude (Hickie translation is cleaner), but the play is great comedy. Poor Socrates is not treated kindly; the older folks' attachment to the good ol' days as well as the younger people's immoral modernity also receive rough treatment. I won't give away the ending but it's one of my all-time favorite climaxes.
This was my first Ancient Greek play and I liked it much more than I expected. It's a good one to read in conjunction with Plato's Apology - Plato even cites Aristophanes as indirectly sentencing Socrates to death.

If criticising the first man to break the philosophical mould isn't your thing, it's full - and I mean full - of toilet humour. Whether it's shoving radishes up people's anuses or recounting the first Dutch oven in recorded history, Aristophanes appeals both to a love of lofty satire a
David Sarkies
May 14, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who want to explore Greek culture a bit more
Recommended to David by: David Hester
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Aristophanes attacks Athenian education
12 January 2013

I guess on of the great things I loved about this play was how relevant it is to today's society. Okay, the problem with understanding the relevance is that when it is translated in a way that retains all of the Ancient Athenian references it can be difficult for a modern who has little to no knowledge of Athenian culture to have a full appreciation of the of the way that Aristophanes mocks the Athenian education system. Further, even a litt
“Some people use one half their ingenuity to get into debt, and the other half to avoid paying it.” - George Prentice

Strepsiades is an elderly Athenian whose sleep has been troubled lately due to his mounting debts. he devises a plan and asks his son Pheidippides to enroll at The Thinkery. the young man protests and refuses to be persuaded. the old man decides to enroll so he can learn from Socrates himself how to beat his creditors by employing winning arguments in court.
The Clouds is a comedy
Sara Elice
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This is a wonderfully written play, and very humorous. The translation I read was very uncensored, but I believe that that was part of the intended tone of the book.

In the seminar I was in over this play, we couldn't quite decide if Aristophanes was being purely satirical about how the common people view philosophers, or if he truly believed that philosophy and the pursuit of knowledge seemed that silly and corrupt.

I was also slightly shocked at his depiction of Socrates, but, of course, I've be
Maan Kawas
A beautiful comedy by the great ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes that is centered upon education and the educational systems (the old vs. the new one)! The play is full of satire and criticism, particularly geared at Socrates and his teachings; there are many funny scenes and events as well as a tone of irrationality. Aristophanes used daring and sometimes filthy words and hints in the play, which I found a bit surprising; especially as with the direct contact with audience in the theater. ...more
Brian Schiebout
The Clouds is a comedy written by the ancient Greek Aristophanes and which was translated into English by Benjamin Rogers. The Clouds deals with the group of people who normally have their minds stuck in the clouds, that is the philosophers. While I guess this portrayal should infuriate me as I have a bachelors degree in philosophy, it didn't. Instead I found much to be true in the portrayal. The story begins when Strepsiades a foolish Greek from the countryside tries to enroll his son into a sc ...more
Mathew Huff
beyond my knowledge at the moment, much of the subtext and themes are lost on my ignorance of so much, as well as what I felt was a very poor translation (Great Books 1st edition translation). Overall, pretty clever and a few times I chuckled out loud such as "when you are on the ground studying the patterns of gnat shit, maybe your ass pointed up is studying the stars?"

other than that, what was obvious was that the sophists are portrayed not just with derision, but as worthless buffoons, clowns
Aristophanes won some of the drama competitions under a pseudonym before he was old enough to enter. He references both Aeschylus (as a conservatives choice) and Euripides (as liked by the new "wrong logic" generation of youth). In addition, he continues his debate/feud with Cleon. More than anything, this work represents the same criticisms put against Socrates during his trial -- that he was leading the youth of the time away from discipline and tradition. The victory of Wrong Logic in his deb ...more
Half the time I feel Aristophanes is an oracle for timeless social problems, and half the time I feel he's being reactionary (even for the time); which is the most interesting facet actually. Either way I don't take him seriously, although Plato apparently did. Whatever his social opinions, this gets 4 stars for its irreverence towards Socrates, which today may merit a radish up your arse (from myself, a huge Socrates supporter).
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Jason Jaszemski
Not sure if it was the particular translation I read or the actual work itself, but the book was difficult to read at points. Nevertheless, there were points where I was able to break through the difficulty and enjoy this satire of Socrates.

While I was reading this, I was upset having known that this work partially lead to the eventual execution of Socrates, however, reading and doing research afterward, it seems as if it was produced years before the execution and also that Socrates had indeed
Brian C Albrecht
The translation I read was not well done. It was not this one so I feel bad rating it poorly. However, the story is confusing and not that entertaining. It is a drama of decent size which makes fun of Socrates and his philosophy and way of teaching. He basically convinces two family members of absurd things so they fight. I would not recommend for the casual read or like me a serious read who wants an overview of Western books (I'm doing the The Great Conversation: The Substance Of A Liberal Edu ...more
Not Aristophanes' best work, in my opinion. Requires tons of reference to footnotes to understand the jokes and translation (Arrowsmith) is decent. Not enough burn (but at the same time I actually kind of like Socrates).
Angelo Giardini
Em "As Nuvens", comédia de Aristófanes, o personagem principal busca alistar-se e a seu filho como discípulos de Sócrates, não para alcançar qualquer elevação de espírito ou de pensamento, mas para ser capaz de defender o "injusto" com argumentos sagazes e conseguir assim ver-se livre de várias dívidas, ganhando as causas no Tribunal.

Trata-se de evidente sátira ao pensamento e disciplina socráticos e da subversão dos costumes e ideias clássicas na Grécia. Recomendo aos que desejarem lê-la que, s
Evelyn Achilles
It's a shame that Aristophanes didn't win the prize the first time. This play is brilliantly funny, I love Socrates but Aristophanes really knows how to make anyone look bad in a satirical way.
I found this portrayal of Socrates only slightly amusing. I am swayed by Plato's sympathetic portrayal of his teacher so I found this play useful only to see an opposing view of the beloved Socrates. It has an important place in history. This is the only reason for three stars.

Read: ?12-16 July 2009. Seriously underwhelmed. Need a good print edition with lots of foot/endnotes fleshing out the huge amount of missing context.
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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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Strepsiade. Non, par Zeus, non certes.
Socrate. Rien du tout ?
Strepsiade. Rien... que ma verge dans ma main droite.”
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