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By Heracles! What on earth are these creatures! STUDENT: You seem surprised. What do you think they are? * (Pointing to a group of the students) Why are they staring at the ground? STUDENT: They are seeking to know what lies beneath the earth. STREPSIADES: I see, they’re looking for onions to eat. They don’t need to waste time pondering about that, I know just where they can find some lovely big ones. (Pointing to another group) Why are they bending over like that? STUDENT: They are probing the nether regions of Erebus deep beneath Tartarus.
An understanding of the times in which the plays were produced is essential to this approach. With this in mind, I have employed two types of notes to help the reader gain a better understanding of these plays. The footnotes on the page are intended quickly to inform while not distracting from the flow of the play, while the endnotes provide more detailed discussion of certain subjects and point to ancient evidence and supporting scholarship. These notes may also help provide insight into some of my translation choices.
Kerferd, The Sophistic Movement (Cambridge 1981). 5 Socrates left no written works, and we depend on the portraits drawn by Plato in his dialogues, who did not begin to write until after Socrates’ death in 399, and by Xenophon in his Memoirs, also later than 399. ” The wave of fresh thought, of questioning traditional views, of challenging the status quo must have been much like the spirit of change that flowed through the 1960s. The key word is “new,” for we see new gods and deities (Clouds and Vortex), new words (943, 1397), new principles and techniques (480, 897), the new education (936), and even new laws (1423).
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