Aristophanes: Clouds (2368 words)



Aristophanes’ Clouds was first performed in 423 BC at the Great Dionysia. The play did not win the 1st prize and was only ranked third, which incited its author to modify it (see below on the question of the two versions of the Clouds).

Clouds is probably the first ‘comedy of ideas’: it does not deal with an entirely fantastical world and is not as full of low-key humour as other comedies from the same period. Its end, too, is not as clearly positive and comical as in other comedies of Aristophanes. This play is also very different from the majority of Aristophanes’ other works as it does not deal closely with contemporary political events and …

Citation: Paillard, Elodie. "Clouds". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 March 2018 [, accessed 12 May 2021.]

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