Aristophanes: The Storks

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  • Ian Storey (Trent University)

Although we possess only fourteen fragments (K.-A. III.2 444-457) of this lost comedy, there are some points of interest for the student. First, Storks belongs to Aristophanes’ later years. After the production of Aristophanes’ masterpiece of 405 (Frogs) we enter something of a wasteland, with only Assembly-Women (ca. 392) and Wealth (388) extant, as well as the evidence for two later plays produced by his son in the mid-380s, which were recognised as more in the spirit of later comedy (Aiolosikon and Kokalos). The mention of Neokleides (F 454), a political figure and comic target at Assembly-Women 254, 398ff. and at Wealth 665ff., and that of Patrokles (cf.…

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Storey, Ian. "The Storks". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 March 2013
[, accessed 26 September 2016.]