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Aristophanes: Wasps

Alan H. Sommerstein (ed.)

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780856682124
eISBN:
9781800342927
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780856682124.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Wasps was first produced at the Lenaea festival of 422 BC. The play is at once a political satire and also, like Clouds and the lost Banqueters, a comedy on the theme of the conflict of generations. ... More


Introductory Note

Alan H. Sommerstein

in Aristophanes: Knights

Published in print:
1981
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780856681776
eISBN:
9781800342910
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780856681776.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on Knights as the first play that Aristophanes produced on his own behalf. It mentions that Knights was performed at the Lenaea of 424 B.C. and won first prize, defeating the ... More


Responsibility and Accountability in Thucydides’ Mytilenean Debate

Matthew Landauer

in Dangerous Counsel: Accountability and Advice in Ancient Greece

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226654010
eISBN:
9780226653822
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226653822.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter offers a reading of Thucydides’ Mytilenean debate, which unfolds at two seemingly disconnected levels: an exchange between Cleon and Diodotus over how to treat Mytilene, a rebellious ... More


Athenian Freedom in the Balance: Mytilene and Plataea

Mary P. Nichols

in Thucydides and the Pursuit of Freedom

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453168
eISBN:
9780801455582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453168.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter examines two Athenian speeches on opposite sides of an issue: how to treat the Mytileneans who revolted trying to seek greater freedom from Athens. In his speech, Cleon denounces the ... More


Cleon and the Defeat of Athens

Edward M. Harris

in The Rule of Law in Action in Democratic Athens

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199899166
eISBN:
9780199369690
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199899166.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter examines the breakdown of the rule of law during the Peloponnesian War and its impact on the Athenian military. It first reviews the traditional methods of gaining power and influence in ... More


Glenn Beck’s Common Sense

James R. Skillen

in This Land is My Land: Rebellion in the West

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780197500699
eISBN:
9780197500729
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197500699.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

The Patriot Rebellion during the Obama administration demonstrated just how well conservative western frustrations with federal land management were woven into a national conservative challenge to ... More


The Boys from Cydathenaeum: Aristophanes versus Cleon Again

Edith Hall

in How to Do Things with History: New Approaches to Ancient Greece

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780190649890
eISBN:
9780190649913
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190649890.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

In this chapter, Edith Hall reconsiders the figure of Cleon, the archetypal Athenian demagogue, with the aim of illuminating Aristophanes’ Knights, in which Cleon is represented by the Paphlagonian ... More


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