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Clouds by Aristophanes
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May 24, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: humor
Read on May 24, 2011

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 seriously today, since it's a defense of traditional Athenian religion against skeptical thought, but the beauty and ingenuity of this play makes it a treasure.
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