Strepsiades’ bedroom, wife, and sufferings: three notes on the prologue of Aristophanes’ Clouds
(a) In classical Athens it was quite normal for husband and wife to spend the night in different rooms: Strepsiades’ behaviour is far from strange. (b) Strepsiades’ wife is modeled on Semonides’ mare-woman (fr. 7.57f. West). (c) Lines 80-132 are a parody of Soph. Tr. 971-1278.
Aristophanes; Clouds; Greek comedy; Semonides; Sophocles