Upon the whole, the consequences of such a law as this would be directly contrary to those things which good laws ought to establish, and which Socrates endeavoured to establish by his regulations concerning women and children: for we think that friendship is the greatest good which can happen to any city, as nothing so much prevents seditions: and amity in a city is what Socrates commends above all things, which appears to be, as indeed he says, the effect of friendship; as we learn from Aristophanes
in the Erotics, who says, that those who love one another from the excess of that passion, desire to breathe the same soul, and from being two to be blended into one: from whence it would necessarily follow, that both or one of them must be destroyed.
Come, thou that hast inspired thy Aristophanes
, thy Lucian, thy Cervantes, thy Rabelais, thy Moliere, thy Shakespear, thy Swift, thy Marivaux, fill my pages with humour; till mankind learn the good-nature to laugh only at the follies of others, and the humility to grieve at their own.
If one must be a philosopher, let him be Aristophanes
All the world from their earliest years had heard that he was a corrupter of youth, and had seen him caricatured in the Clouds of Aristophanes.
We observe that the enmity of Aristophanes to Socrates does not prevent Plato from introducing them together in the Symposium engaged in friendly intercourse.
D'Artagnan saw the storm coming, and addressing Moliere, said to him, in an undertone, "You see before you, my dear monsieur, a man who considers himself disgraced, if you measure the flesh and bones that Heaven has given him; study this type for me, Master Aristophanes
, and profit by it.
He seems, like Aristophanes
, to regard the new opinions, whether of Socrates or the Sophists, as fatal to Athenian greatness.
, is brief, simple and effective -- "brekekex-koax"; the
There was the soul of Cratinus - passable: Aristophanes
- racy: Plato exquisite not your Plato, but Plato the comic poet; your Plato would have turned the stomach of Cerberus - faugh
But now, in such books as Aristophanes
, for instance, you've been reading a play this half with the Doctor, haven't you?
There are thus two areas in which the Aristophanic spirit can express itself, the political and the religious; when it does this, it goes beyond the topsy-turvy world of romantic comedy, which by itself is pleasant but harmless, by infusing it with tragic insights, producing the profound 'Weltanschauung' that is realized not only in Aristophanes
but also in Goethe's Faust and in the comic episodes in Shakespeare's tragedies.
THE FROGS This is the famous musical, based on the comedy by Aristophanes
, that Steven Sondheim composed before he was Steven Sondheim.