Strepsiades’ bedroom, wife, and sufferings: three notes on the prologue of Aristophanes’ Clouds

Robert Drew Griffith

Abstract


(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.

Keywords


Aristophanes; Clouds; Greek comedy; Semonides; Sophocles

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14601/prometheus-16830



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