Aristophanes - Greek Writer Aristophanes
Aristophanes is the only representative of Old Comedy whose work we have in complete form. Old Comedy had been performed for 60 years prior to Aristophanes, and in his time, as shown in his work, Old Comedy was changing.
(448-385 BC) Greek writer. Aristophanes was one of the great Greek dramatists. Of 44 comedies, only 11 complete plays survive, with 1,000 fragments of other works. Read more about the life and works of Aristophanes.
Lysistrata - Aristophanes
Read "Lysistrata," by Aristophanes. "Oh! alas! alas! alas! Oh! woe! oh! woe! Miserable Paphlagonian! may the gods destroy both him and his cursed advice! Since that evil day when this new slave entered the house he has never ceased belabouring us with blows."
Peace - Aristophanes
Read "Peace," by Aristophanes. "Oh, scavengers, help me in the name of the gods, if you do not wish to see me fall down choked."
The Acharnians - Aristophanes
Read "The Acharnians," by Aristophanes. "What cares have not gnawed at my heart and how few have been the pleasures in my life! Four, to be exact, while my troubles have been as countless as the grains of sand on the shore!"
The Clouds - Aristophanes
Read "The Clouds," by Aristophanes. "Great gods! will these nights never end? will daylight never come? I heard the cock crow long ago and my slaves are snoring still!"
The Ecclesiazusae - Aristophanes
Read "The Ecclesiazusae," by Aristophanes. "Oh! Thou shining light of my earthenware lamp, from this high spot shalt thou look abroad. Oh! lamp, I will tell thee thine origin and thy future; 'tis the rapid whirl of the potter's wheel that has lent thee thy shape, and thy wick counterfeits the glory of the sun; mayst thou send the agreed signal flashing afar!"
The Frogs - Aristophanes
Read "The Frogs," by Aristophanes. "Shall I crack any of those old jokes, master, / At which the audience never fail to laugh?"
The Thesmophoriazusae - Aristophanes
Read "The Thesmophoriazusae," by Aristophanes. "What an unhappy fate, great gods, to be the slave of a fool! A servant may give the best of advice, but if his master does not follow it, the poor slave must inevitably have his share in the disaster; for fortune does not allow him to dispose of his own body, it belongs to his master who has bought it."
The Wasps - Aristophanes
Read "The Wasps," by Aristophanes. "I am teaching myself how to rest; I have been awake and on watch the whole night."