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Aristophanes, Clouds, 518-602
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νῦν οὖν ̓Ηλέκτραν κατ' ἐκείνην ἥδ' ἡ κωμῳδίαThus, like Electra of the poets, my comedy has come to seek you today, hoping again to encounter such enlightened spectators. As far away as she can discern her brother, she will be able to recognize him by his curly head. And note her modest demeanour! She has not sewn on a piece of hanging leather, thick and reddened at the end, to cause laughter among the children; she does not rail at the bald, neither does she dance the cordax; no old man is seen, who, while uttering his lines, batters his questioner with a stick to make his poor jests pass muster. She does not rush upon the scene carrying a torch and screaming, 'La, la! la, la!' No, she relies upon herself and her verses.... My value is so well known, that I take no further pride in it. I do not seek to deceive you, by reproducing the same subjects two or three times; I always invent fresh themes to present before you, themes that have no relation to each other and that are all clever. I attacked Cleon to his face and when he was all-powerful; but he has fallen, and now I have no desire to kick him when he is down. My rivals, on the contrary, once that this wretched Hyperbolus has given them the cue, have never ceased setting upon both him and his mother.
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Εὔπολις μὲν τὸν Μαρικᾶν πρώτιστον παρείλκυσενFirst Eupolis presented his 'Maricas'; this was simply my 'Knights,' whom this plagiarist had clumsily furbished up again by adding to the piece an old drunken woman, so that she might dance the cordax. 'Twas an old idea, taken from Phrynichus, who caused his old hag to be devoured by a monster of the deep. Then Hermippus fell foul of Hyperbolus and now all the others fall upon him and repeat my comparison of the eels. May those who find amusement in their pieces not be pleased with mine, but as for you, who love and applaud my inventions, why, posterity will praise your good taste. Oh, ruler of Olympus, all-powerful king of the gods, great Zeus, it is thou whom I first invoke; protect this chorus; and thou too, Poseidon, whose dread trident upheaves at the will of thy anger both the bowels of the earth and the salty waves of the ocean. I invoke my illustrious father, the divine Aether, the universal sustainer of life, and Phoebus, who, from the summit of his chariot, sets the world aflame with his dazzling rays, Phoebus, a mighty deity amongst the gods and adored amongst mortals.
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ὦ σοφώτατοι θεαταὶ δεῦρο τὸν νοῦν προσέχετε.Most wise spectators, lend us all your attention. Give heed to our just reproaches. There exist no gods to whom this city owes more than it does to us, whom alone you forget. Not a sacrifice, not a libation is there for those who protect you! Have you decreed some mad expedition? Well! we thunder or we fall down in rain. When you chose that enemy of heaven, the Paphlagonian tanner, for a general, we knitted our brow, we caused our wrath to break out; the lightning shot forth, the thunder pealed, the moon deserted her course and the sun at once veiled his beam threatening no longer to give you light, if Cleon became general. Nevertheless you elected him; 'tis said, Athens never resolves upon some fatal step but the gods turn these errors into her greatest gain. Do you wish that this election should even now be a success for you? 'Tis a very simple thing to do; condemn this rapacious gull named Cleon for bribery and extortion, fit a wooden collar tight round his neck, and your error will be rectified and the commonweal will at once regain its old prosperity.
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ἀμφί μοι αὖτε Φοῖβ' ἄναξAid me also, Phoebus, god of Delos, who reignest on the high-horned Cynthian rock ; and thou, blessed of Ephesos, who has the all-golden house, in which the Lydian damsels greatly reverence you; and thou, goddess of our country, Athene, armed with the aegis, Poliouchos [the protectress of Athens]; and thou, who, surrounded by the Bacchanals of Delphi, roamest over the rocks of Parnassus shaking the flame of thy resinous torch, thou, Dionysos, the god of revel and joy.
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Intertexts (texts cited often on the same page as the searched text):

5 results
1. Aristophanes, Knights, 1179-1180, 268, 1178 (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

1178. ἡ δ' ̓Οβριμοπάτρα γ' ἑφθὸν ἐκ ζωμοῦ κρέας
2. Aristophanes, Clouds, 224-509, 519-803, 998-999, 223 (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

223. πρῶτον μὲν ὅ τι δρᾷς ἀντιβολῶ κάτειπέ μοι.
3. Aristophanes, Peace, 1275 (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

1275. ἀσπίδας; οὐ παύσει μεμνημένος ἀσπίδος ἡμῖν;
4. Aristophanes, The Rich Man, 1146 (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

1146. μὴ μνησικακήσῃς, εἰ σὺ Φυλὴν κατέλαβες.
5. Aristophanes, Wasps, 1123-1164, 1122 (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

1122. οὔτοι ποτὲ ζῶν τοῦτον ἀποδυθήσομαι


Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
ariston (against conon) Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 377
aristophanes, clouds Bowie, Essays on Ancient Greek Literature and Culture, Volume 2: Comedy, Herodotus, Hellenistic and Imperial Greek Poetry, the Novels (2023) 99
aristophanes, frogs Bowie, Essays on Ancient Greek Literature and Culture, Volume 2: Comedy, Herodotus, Hellenistic and Imperial Greek Poetry, the Novels (2023) 99
aristophanes Castagnoli and Ceccarelli, Greek Memories: Theories and Practices (2019) 120
athena Castagnoli and Ceccarelli, Greek Memories: Theories and Practices (2019) 120
audience, theatre Bowie, Essays on Ancient Greek Literature and Culture, Volume 2: Comedy, Herodotus, Hellenistic and Imperial Greek Poetry, the Novels (2023) 99
authorial voice, swears oath Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 135
beating Riess, Performing interpersonal violence: court, curse, and comedy in fourth-century BCE Athens (2012) 302
blood rituals surrounding oaths Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 340
bulls as oath sacrifices Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 340
city dionysia Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 135, 340
cleon Bowie, Essays on Ancient Greek Literature and Culture, Volume 2: Comedy, Herodotus, Hellenistic and Imperial Greek Poetry, the Novels (2023) 99
conon (against conon) Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 377
demonicus (cyprian nobleman), demophantus, oath of Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 377
dicaea Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 377
dicasts oath Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 340
dionysus Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 340
divorce and oaths Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 135
dolon, oath with hector, doxa (reputation), importance of Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 377
ekklēsia curse Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 377
eupolidean, metre Bowie, Essays on Ancient Greek Literature and Culture, Volume 2: Comedy, Herodotus, Hellenistic and Imperial Greek Poetry, the Novels (2023) 99
eupolis Bowie, Essays on Ancient Greek Literature and Culture, Volume 2: Comedy, Herodotus, Hellenistic and Imperial Greek Poetry, the Novels (2023) 99
false oaths Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 377
gortyn Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 135
hero, comic hero Riess, Performing interpersonal violence: court, curse, and comedy in fourth-century BCE Athens (2012) 302
hero Riess, Performing interpersonal violence: court, curse, and comedy in fourth-century BCE Athens (2012) 302
hippolytus Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 135
homicide trials Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 377
hystaspas, iambus, oaths in Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 377
iphigeneia Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 135
law-courts, dicasts oath Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 340
lysistrata Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 340
mother Riess, Performing interpersonal violence: court, curse, and comedy in fourth-century BCE Athens (2012) 302
neighbor, neighborhood Riess, Performing interpersonal violence: court, curse, and comedy in fourth-century BCE Athens (2012) 302
parabasis Riess, Performing interpersonal violence: court, curse, and comedy in fourth-century BCE Athens (2012) 302
patron, patronage Bowie, Essays on Ancient Greek Literature and Culture, Volume 2: Comedy, Herodotus, Hellenistic and Imperial Greek Poetry, the Novels (2023) 99
pheidippides Riess, Performing interpersonal violence: court, curse, and comedy in fourth-century BCE Athens (2012) 302
poseidon, oaths sworn by Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 340
pylades Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 135
reconciliation oaths Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 377
reflectory/phrontisterion/thinkery Riess, Performing interpersonal violence: court, curse, and comedy in fourth-century BCE Athens (2012) 302
reputations, importance of doxa Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 377
rival, rivalry, cf. enemy Riess, Performing interpersonal violence: court, curse, and comedy in fourth-century BCE Athens (2012) 302
self-curses, official oaths Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 377
shields within oath rituals Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 340
socrates Riess, Performing interpersonal violence: court, curse, and comedy in fourth-century BCE Athens (2012) 302
sophistic Riess, Performing interpersonal violence: court, curse, and comedy in fourth-century BCE Athens (2012) 302
strepsiades Riess, Performing interpersonal violence: court, curse, and comedy in fourth-century BCE Athens (2012) 302
temples, as location for oaths Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 135
wine and oaths, and women Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 340, 377
women and oaths, and wine' Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 377
women and oaths, and wine Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 340
women and oaths Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 135
zeus, oaths invoking Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 135