Aristophanes, The Storks

Ian Storey (Trent University)
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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.

Wealth

84), shows that

Storks

belongs to the 390s and thus adds to our knowledge of late Aristophanes. Aristotle F 628 (

Production

…

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Citation: Storey, Ian. "The Storks". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 March 2013 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=13327, accessed 23 June 2024.]

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