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Aristophanes' Clouds. Four texts on Socrates, revised edition. -. III. West, Grace. Bibliograpy: p. 1. Socrates. I, Plato. II. West, Thomas G., Starry, –. THE CLOUDS OF ARISTOPHANES. 5. AS. Ten years ago, it would have been impossible to create the translation you are about to hear. Composed. Aristophanes Clouds / edited with translation and notes by Alan H. Sommerstein — Clouds. English and Greek Aristophanes Sommerstein, Alan H. translator.
Socrates returns onstage upset by his student Strepsiades's idiocy.
While Socrates quizzes him on measurements, Strepsiades wants to get to the point—how can he argue himself out of debt? Socrates instead teaches him to distinguish between male and female words for objects and people.
Strepsiades protests when Socrates makes him lie in a bed full of bugs. The Chorus tells Strepsiades to stop complaining. After Socrates urges him to think about his problem, Strepsiades comes up with a solution.
He'll keep the moon from rising, since creditors collect debts on the first day of the new moon the new month.
Strepsiades also suggests using glass to make the scribe's writing melt in court. Socrates praises these ideas, but when Strepsiades says he'd hang himself to evade a charge, Socrates gives up.
The Chorus Leader advises Strepsiades to send his son in his place. Strepsiades drags a reluctant Pheidippides to the Thinkery, telling his son all the wisdom he'll learn. Pheidippides says his father will regret this one day. They arrive, and Socrates takes Pheidippides into the Thinkery. Two men emerge from the Thinkery arguing. They are the Better Argument, an old man, and the Worse Argument, a young man.
The Better Argument defends justice, while the Worse Argument says there's no such thing as justice. The two trade insults. The Chorus Leader tells them to stop fighting and explain their points of view as rational arguments. The Better Argument advocates for the "self-restraint" of the old days when young men respected their elders and grew into worthy members of society.
The Worse Argument objects, saying nothing's wrong with pleasure and self-indulgence, and restraint never helped anyone. The Worse Argument believes knowing how to talk one's way out of an accusation is a much more useful skill than self-discipline, pointing to the audience members as examples.
The Better Argument admits defeat. The Chorus then speaks to the judges in the audience. The Chorus Leader describes the benefits the judges will receive for honoring the Clouds and the punishments they'll get if they don't. Strepsiades comes out of his house. With five more days until the court date to pay his debts, he's increasingly worried and hopes Pheidippides has learned to argue. He goes to the Thinkery where Socrates tells him he's sure to win in court.
Pheidippides, now a Thinkery scholar, goes home and tells Strepsiades his winning argument.
If the court collects debts on "the day of the Old Moon and the New," they're trying to make one day into two, and swindling debtors in the process. Strepsiades is thrilled with his son's knowledge.
Strepsiades's creditors, Pasias and Amynias, visit Strepsiades to collect their money. They're unimpressed when Strepsiades gives Pheidippides's argument about the Old Moon and the New among other arguments as a reason not to pay. They demand their money and say they'll be back.
The Chorus sings Strepsiades's strategy will soon backfire. A horse! The loan you got. Some day. This is outrageous".
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