Aristophanes versus Socrates: A Battle Fought through the Clouds
Trautwein, Derek W.
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Aristophanes is considered to be the first great comedic writer of drama. While there were others before him, none were able to satirize, mock, and make fun of political and social characters as well as him. In 423 B.C. the popular poet Aristophanes entered his play, The Clouds, in the Great Dionysia, the biggest dramatic festival at the time held in Athens. The play only won third place, but it was evident that Aristophanes was in his top form as he wrote The Clouds as a way to attack political forms, religion, and social ideas. But, most importantly, The Clouds is a full-fledged attack on Socrates and his philosophical ideas.