The Clouds


The Clouds




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Greek drama (Comedy)
Greece--History--Peloponnesian War, 431-404 B.C.
Political satire
Athens (Greece)--History

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Creation Date

423 BCE

Source Description

Aristophanes Clouds / edited with translation and notes by Alan H. Sommerstein — Clouds. English and Greek Aristophanes Sommerstein, Alan H. translator Sommerstein, Alan H. x, 232 p. ; 22 cm. Aris [and] Phillips Warminster: 1982 0856682098 : Aristophanes. Works. English [and] Greek. 1980 ; v. 3

Note: Parallel Greek text and English translation

Clouds / Aristophanes ; edited with introduction and commentary by K.J. Dover Aristophanes Dover, Kenneth James cxxviii, 285 p. ; 19 cm. OUP Oxford: 1968 :

Note: Classical Greek text and English introduction and commentary


The Clouds was first produced in the drama festival in Athens—the City Dionysia—in 423 BC, where it placed third. Subsequently the play was revised, but the revisions were never completed. The text which survives is the revised version, which was apparently not performed in Aristophanes’ time but which circulated in manuscript form. This revised version does contain some anomalies which have not been fully sorted out (e.g., the treatment of Cleon, who died between the original text and the revisions). At the time of the first production, the Athenians had been at war with the Spartans, off and on, for a number of years.

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