Everything you need to understand or teach The Frogs by Aristophanes.
This collection is composed of three of Aristophanes best known and most interesting plays. Although Aristophanes is best known as a political satirist, while all these plays involve some political aspect, only Wasps is directly political.
Wasps is the story of a man addicted to sitting in judgment on others in court and the son that tries to save him. Philocleon, the old father of Bdelycleon, is addicted to serving on juries. In ancient Athens, any citizen could bring a suit against any other and the jurymen, who were paid to be there, would be able to decide the fat of the accused. In this play the litigious Athenian jurymen are portrayed as wasps with sharp stingers that they will use against those that stir up heir frenzy. Philocleon is the worst of the group though. He needs no provocation, taking joy out of inflicting punishment and passing judgment on... View more of the The Frogs, and Other Plays. Translated with an Introd. by David Barrett Summary