The Acharnians [and] the Clouds [and] Lysistrata | Critical Essay by Leo Strauss

This literature criticism consists of approximately 17 pages of analysis & critique of The Acharnians [and] the Clouds [and] Lysistrata.
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Critical Essay by Leo Strauss

SOURCE: Strauss, Leo. “The Other Plays: The Acharnians.” In Socrates and Aristophanes, pp. 57-79. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1966.

In the following essay, Strauss offers a detailed analysis of the Acharnians.

The Acharnians begins, like the Clouds, with a soliloquy by an oldish rustic who gives vent to his discomfort; but in the Acharnians the soliloquy takes place not indoors but in public, and it concerns matters that are not merely private but also public. Regarding the Clouds, one may doubt whether the oldish rustic Strepsiades or Socrates is the chief character; regarding the Acharnians, there can be no doubt that the oldish rustic Dikaiopolis is the chief character. Dikaiopolis has come to the Pnyx, as is his wont, very early. He is the very first to arrive, long before the Assembly begins, while the...

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