Read The Knights by Aristophanes William-Alan Landes John Hookham Frere Online


In the first play he produced on his own behalf, Aristophanes launched a violent attack on Cleon, the leading politician of the day, on the whole style of leadership that he represented and on a system which seemed to guarantee that a bad leader could be displaced by a worse....

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ISBN : 9780887342554
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Number of Pages : 64 Pages
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The Knights Reviews

  • Bruce
    2019-04-17 06:07

    First produced in 5th-century BCE Athens, The Knights is a comedy satirizing the mindlessness of the democracy in general and the rule of the then-current political leader Creon in particular. Aristophanes had a history of run-ins with Cleon. Consequently he avoided mentioning Creon by name in this play, but the reference was so obvious that no actor would accept the part – so Aristophanes played it himself. Nicias and Demosthenes, two slaves of the elderly and easily led Demos (personifying the citizenry), try to convince him to dismiss Creon (the “Paphlagonian”) and replace him with Agoracritus, a sausage-seller. Repartee is sharp and incisive, and the pace of the play is brisk. Shouting matches filled with scurrilous insults abound, and the chorus of Knights provides commentary. The Parabasis, that part of Greek Old Comedy when the actors leave the stage in the play’s middle and the chorus addresses the audience directly and at length, is highly amusing and also clarifying. The text is filled with topical allusions, and an addition with footnotes will help the reader to understand the references.The play provides the reader a glimpse of Athenian political and social life during the years of the Peloponnesian War as well as an example of one literary genre prevalent at the time. The perceptive reader will be unable to avoid noting the parallels to our own time and situation, and he will probably be both entertained by them and made uncomfortable. Aristophanes would no doubt be pleased.

  • Artemis Slipknot
    2019-04-13 02:18

    Πιο επίκαιρο από ποτέ, ειδικά με όσα συμβαίνουν τον τελευταίο καιρό στην χώρα μας.

  • Sebastián
    2019-04-14 02:54

    Llama la atención la habilidad del autor para seleccionar personajes del diario vivir y sumarlos a hechos históricos que merecen ser recordados. La vituperación es elegante, a pesar de chistes pasados de tono.

  • Ben
    2019-03-24 22:10

    Cleon is essentially Donald Trump, which made for an interesting parallel story in my mind as I read through this imprudent work.

  • An Te
    2019-04-05 01:01

    A downright irreverent play defaming the Greek Athenian general, statesmen and demagogue, Cleon (died 422BCE). The whole affair is very tongue in cheek. Witty and full of wit. It is evidently deeply immersed in Greek custom and culture with many references to Greece's local places and people of the day.

  • Edward Cheer
    2019-04-11 02:55

    Another standard Aristophanes play filled with political issues being argued by two representative characters and lots of humorous exaggerations thrown in. The more I read Aristophanes' plays, the more I've noticed how unique his views are on the world of Greece, as opposed to Aeschylus and Sophocles. I've also noticed how by-the-numbers a lot of his plays are (similarly to a certain famous English Bard's comedies). While it certainly has it's stronger moments in both humor and political ideals, it also has some very dull, dragging moments. Such as a chorus droning on for FIVE pages. I'm used the Chorus having a page or two, but five is absolutely ridiculous. Again, this play is still enjoyable, and if you're a die-hard Aristophanes fan (which I'm assuming is some fat Grecian nerd at home, that can put down a book for five seconds without having a nervous breakdown), then this is the play for you. It just didn't really entertain me as much as Frogs or Archarnians.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-22 03:58

    If there's one thing I can glean from reading the works of Aristophanes, it's this: Aristophanes really hated politicians. This play is essentially mocking the ridiculousness of some individual politicians and bureaucrats by having one named Creon argue with a mere sausage-seller. What a ridiculous way to get a point across!I feel that there is not much to say about this play other than that I really, really enjoyed this one in particular. I love works that attack hypocrisy (ex. Tartuffe), so this is right up my alley. I can only hope that my good impression of Aristophanes stays as I read more of his works. "DEMOSTHENES: Why is a trireme called a hound-fox?SAUSAGE-SELLER: Why?A trireme's fleet: a hound is also fleet.DEM: But for what reason adds he "fox" to "hound"?S-S: The troops, he means, resemble little foxes,Because they scour the farms and eat the grapes."

  • Dmk
    2019-04-08 04:02

    It was much better than his first* play, less crazy and less confusing. It felt like scenes were logialy following each other and it had main plot through whole play. One could see how Aristophanes evolves and grows (and gets veen better with Clouds). It's very important to have some background knowledge. Reading short introduction is sufficient but I guess I would enjoyed it more if I had deeper knowledge.Pleasurable reading but certainly not must-read.*I mean oldest among surviving plays

  • Elle
    2019-04-12 06:00

    Absolutely ridiculous. I read a colloquial version of this and it was just plain crude and horrid to read. Not funny in the slightest, although that is personal taste. Jokes about rape and too many phallus mentions. Quite frankly a waste of time.

  • Mike Briggs
    2019-04-15 06:17

    A crude play with some humor involving leadership of Athens.A play that begins with one man telling another to say a particular set of phrases in the same rhythm as a man masturbating. As I said, crude.

  • Katherine Stephanis
    2019-04-21 00:11

    It's amazing to me how funny this play still is, more than 2000 years after it was first produced.

  • Charity
    2019-04-13 04:04

    Aristophanes is obviously the most timeless comedian ever. His writing is still relevant, and his jokes are still funny.

  • Dominik
    2019-04-02 01:23

    Gwiazdka mniej za tłumaczenie Szujskiego - nie można pomijać najbardziej "nieprzyzwoitych" fragmentów partii Chóru.

  • Courtney
    2019-04-17 04:14

    AristophanesThe Complete Plays of AristophanesIn compilation only.

  • Stone
    2019-04-13 02:18

    One of the more simplistic play of Aristophanes, the Knights serves its sole purpose of mocking and making jokes of Cleon, then the leading political figure of Athens. While a thorough understanding of contemporaneous background isn't necessarily required, readers are expected to do their lessons on the history and political structure of classical Athens. Nevertheless, besides the political components which the play primarily focuses upon, one can still get a pretty comprehensive image of what daily life was like in ancient Athens. Theatrically speaking the Knights isn't as spectacular as Aristophanes' other more famous works such as Lysistrata and Clouds; nonetheless, its satirical style brings to us rare insight into the politics of Athens and the paradoxical character of Cleon.

  • VANY
    2019-03-31 22:14

    eh, as partes dos coros foram giras mas foi um bocadinho chato...