The Clouds

Strepsiades, a rich country gentleman, has been brought to penury and deeply involved in debt by the extravagant tastes of his son, Phidippides. Strepsiades hears of the wonderful new art of argument, the royal road to success in litigation, discovered by the Sophists.

Play title:  The Clouds

Author (s):  Aristophanes

Publisher: Airmont Publishing Company, Inc.

Publication Date: 1969 (Airmont Publishing Company, Inc.)

Genre: Comedy

Primary Discipline: Natural Philosophy

Scientist (s):

Socrates: Greek Philosopher, the first moral philosopher

Chaerephon: Philosopher- sophist; loyal friend to Socrates

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 11 Men, Chorus

Strepsiades, Phidippides, Servant of Strepsiades, Socrates, Disciples of Socrates, Just Discourse, Unjust Discourse, Pasias, Pasias’ Witness, Amynias, Chaerephon, Chorus of Clouds

Setting: Strepsiades’ house

Time Period: 5th Century B.C.

Synopsis of Play: Strepsiades, a rich country gentleman, has been brought to penury and deeply involved in debt by the extravagant tastes of his son, Phidippides. Strepsiades hears of the wonderful new art of argument, the royal road to success in litigation, discovered by the Sophists. He hopes that, if only he can enter the ‘Phrontisterion,’ or Thinking-Shop, of Socrates, he will learn how to turn the tables on his creditors and avoid paying the debts. He joins the school accordingly, but he is deemed too old and stupid to profit by the lessons. He, then, substitutes his son, Phidippides, as a more promising pupil. Pheidippides takes to the new learning like a duck to water, and soon shows what progress he has made by beating his father and demonstrating that he is justified by all the laws, divine and human, in what he is doing. This opens the old man’s eyes, who sets fire to the ‘Phrontisterion,’ and the play ends in a great conflagration of this home of humbug. https://stageagent.com/shows/play/2371/the-clouds

First Performance Date:  423 BCE

First Producer: Athens City Dionysia

Performance History: The Clouds by Aristophanes was originally produced at the Athens City Dionysia of 423 BCE. In 2007 David Irvine adapted the play to Socrates on Trial: A Play Based on Aristophanes’s Clouds and Plato’s Apology, Crito, and Phaedo Adapted for Modern Performance.

Links:

http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2000/2000-08-03.html

https://thetab.com/uk/london/2014/02/13/review-clouds-12199

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

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