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Aristophanes, Acharnians (ed. Anonymous), line 1 (search)
ghted in soul when Cleon had to disgorge those five talents;Cleon had received five talents from the islanders subject to Athens, on condition that he should get the tribute payable by them reduced; when informed of this transaction, the knights comph and fight each other for a seat in the front row. They will never trouble themselves with the question of peace. Oh! Athens! Athens! As for myself, I do not fail to come here before all the rest, and now, finding myself alone, I groan, yawn, strAthens! As for myself, I do not fail to come here before all the rest, and now, finding myself alone, I groan, yawn, stretch, break wind, and know not what to do; I make sketches in the dust, pull out my loose hairs, muse, think of my fields, long for peace, curse town life and regret my dear country home,The Peloponnesian War had already, at the date of the representcessive Lacedaemonian invasions, the people throughout the country had been compelled to seek shelter behind the walls of Athens. which never told me to buy fuel, vinegar or oil; there the word buy, which cuts me in two, was unknown; I harvested ever
Aristophanes, Acharnians (ed. Anonymous), line 134 (search)
her, Thracians, whom Theorus brought. DICAEOPOLIS What plague have we here? THEORUS 'Tis the host of the Odomanti.A Thracian tribe from the right bank of the Strymon. DICAEOPOLIS Of the Odomanti? Tell me what it means. Who has mutilated them like this? THEORUS If they are given a wage of two drachmae, they will put all BoeotiaThe Boeotians were the allies of Sparta. to fire and sword. DICAEOPOLIS Two drachmae to those circumcised hounds! Groan aloud, ye people of rowers, bulwark of Athens! Ah! great gods! I am undone; these Odomanti are robbing me of my garlic!Dicaeopolis had brought a clove of garlic with him to eat during the Assembly. Will you give me back my garlic? THEORUS Oh! wretched man! do not go near them; they have eaten garlicGarlic was given to game-cocks, before setting them at each other, to give them pluck for the fight.. DICAEOPOLIS Prytanes, will you let me be treated in this manner, in my own country and by barbarians? But I oppose the discussion of p
Aristophanes, Acharnians (ed. Anonymous), line 172 (search)
HEUS Here is another, ten years old; taste it. DICAEOPOLIS It smells strongly of the delegates, who go around the towns to chide the allies for their slowness.Meaning, securing allies for the continuance of the war. AMPHITHEUS This last is a truce of thirty years, both on sea and land. DICAEOPOLIS Oh! by Bacchus! what a bouquet! It has the aroma of nectar and ambrosia; this does not say to us, Provision yourselves for three days. But it lisps the gentle numbers, Go whither you will.When Athens sent forth an army, the soldiers were usually ordered to assemble at some particular spot with provisions for three days. I accept it, ratify it, drink it at one draught and consign the Acharnians to limbo. Freed from the war and its ills, I shall keep the DionysiaThese feasts were also called the Anthesteria or Lenaea; the Lenaem was a temple to Bacchus, erected outside the city. They took place during the month Anthesterion (February). in the country. AMPHITHEUS And I shall run away, f
Aristophanes, Acharnians (ed. Anonymous), line 366 (search)
he protection of my buckler. Yet I have many reasons for fear. I know our rustics; they are delighted if some braggart comes, and rightly or wrongly, loads both them and their city with praise and flattery; they do not see that such toad-eatersOrators in the pay of the enemy. are traitors, who sell them for gain. As for the old men, I know their weakness; they only seek to overwhelm the accused with their votes.Satire on the Athenians' addiction to law-suits. Nor have I forgotten how Cleon treated me because of my comedy last year;The Babylonians. Cleon had denounced Aristophanes to the Senate for having scoffed at Athens before strangers, many of whom were present at the performance. The play is now lost. he dragged me before the Senate and there he uttered endless slanders against me; 'twas a tempest of abuse, a deluge of lies. Through what a slough of mud he dragged me! I almost perished. Permit me, therefore, before I speak, to dress in the manner most likely to draw pity.
Aristophanes, Acharnians (ed. Anonymous), line 496 (search)
DICAEOPOLIS Spectators, be not angered if, although I am a beggar, I dare in a Comedy to speak before the people of Athens of the public weal; Comedy too can sometimes discern what is right. I shall not please, but I shall say what is true. Besides, Cleon shall not be able to accuse me of attacking Athens before strangers;The Athens before strangers;The Babylonians had been produced at a time of year when Athens was crowded with strangers; The Acharnians, on the contrary, was played in December. we are by ourselves at the festival of the Lenaea; the period when our allies send us their tribute and their soldiers is not yet. Here is only the pure wheat without chaff; as to the reAthens was crowded with strangers; The Acharnians, on the contrary, was played in December. we are by ourselves at the festival of the Lenaea; the period when our allies send us their tribute and their soldiers is not yet. Here is only the pure wheat without chaff; as to the resident strangers settled among us, they and the citizens are one, like the straw and the ear. I detest the Lacedaemonians with all my heart, and may Poseidon, the god of Taenarus,Sparta had been menaced with an earthquake in 427 B.C. Poseidon was The Earthshaker, god of earthquakes, as well as of the sea. cause an earthquake and
Aristophanes, Acharnians (ed. Anonymous), line 572 (search)
LAMACHUS Whence comes this cry of battle? where must I bring my aid? where must I sow dread? who wants me to uncase my dreadful Gorgon's head?A figure of Medusa's head, forming the centre of Lamachus' shield. DICAEOPOLIS Oh, Lamachus, great hero! Your plumes and your cohorts terrify me. CHORUS This man, Lamachus, incessantly abuses Athens. LAMACHUS You are but a mendicant and you dare to use language of this sort? DICAEOPOLIS Oh, brave Lamachus, forgive a beggar who speaks at hazard. LAMACHUS But what have you said? Let us hear. DICAEOPOLIS I know nothing about it; the sight of weapons makes me dizzy. Oh! I adjure you, take that fearful Gorgon somewhat farther away. LAMACHUS There. DICAEOPOLIS Now place it face downwards on the ground. LAMACHUS It is done. DICAEOPOLIS Give me a plume out of your helmet. LAMACHUS Here is a feather. DICAEOPOLIS And hold my head while I vomit; the plumes have turned my stomach. LAMACHUS Hah! what are you proposing to do? do you want to
Aristophanes, Acharnians (ed. Anonymous), line 628 (search)
delegates from other cities wanted to deceive you, they had but to style you, the people crowned with violets, and at the word violets you at once sat erect on the tips of your bums. Or if, to tickle your vanity, someone spoke of rich and sleek Athens, in return for that sleekness he would get all, because he spoke of you as he would have of anchovies in oil. In cautioning you against such wiles, the poet has done you great service as well as in forcing you to understand what is really the democratic principle. Thus, the strangers, who came to pay their tributes, wanted to see this great poet, who had dared to speak the truth to Athens. And so far has the fame of his boldness reached that one day the Great King, when questioning the Lacedaemonian delegates, first asked them which of the two rival cities was the superior at sea, and then immediately demanded at which it was that the comic poet directed his biting satire. Happy that city, he added, if it listens to his counsel; it
Aristophanes, Acharnians (ed. Anonymous), line 65 (search)
h weariness. DICAEOPOLIS And I was very much at ease, lying on the straw along the battlements!Referring to the hardships he had endured garrisoning the walls of Athens during the Lacedaemonian invasions early in the War. AMBASSADOR Everywhere we were well received and forced to drink delicious wine out of golden or crystal flagons.... DICAEOPOLIS Oh, city of Cranaus,Cranaus, the second king of Athens, the successor of Cecrops. thy ambassadors are laughing at thee! AMBASSADOR For great feeders and heavy drinkers are alone esteemed as men by the barbarians. DICAEOPOLIS Just as here in Athens, we only esteem the most drunken debauchees. AMBASSADOAthens, we only esteem the most drunken debauchees. AMBASSADOR At the end of the fourth year we reached the King's Court, but he had left with his whole army to ease himself, and for the space of eight months he was thus easing himself in the midst of the golden mountains.Lucian, in his Hermotimus, speaks of these golden mountains as an apocryphal land of wonders and prodigies. DICAEOPOLI
Aristophanes, Acharnians (ed. Anonymous), line 676 (search)
the victories we have gained for the Athenian fleets that we well deserve to be cared for in our declining life; yet far from this, we are ill-used, harassed with law-suits, delivered over to the scorn of stripling orators. Our minds and bodies being ravaged with age, Poseidon should protect us, yet we have no other support than a staff. When standing before the judge, we can scarcely stammer forth the fewest words, and of justice we see but its barest shadow, whereas the accuser, desirous of conciliating the younger men, overwhelms us with his ready rhetoric; he drags us before the judge, presses us with questions, lays traps for us; the onslaught troubles, upsets and ruins poor old Tithonus, who, crushed with age, stands tongue-tied; sentenced to a fine,Everything was made the object of a law-suit in Athens. The old soldiers, inexpert at speaking, often lost the day. he weeps, he sobs and says to his friend, This fine robs me of the last trifle that was to have bought my coffin.
Aristophanes, Acharnians (ed. Anonymous), line 703 (search)
CHORUS What an injustice that a man, bent with age like Thucydides, should be brow-beaten by this braggart advocate, Cephisodemus,Cephisodemus was an Athenian, but through his mother possessed Scythian blood. who is as savage as the Scythian desert he was born in! Is it not to convict him from the outset? I wept tears of pity when I saw an ArcherThe city of Athens was policed by Scythian archers. maltreat this old man, who, by Ceres, when he was young and the true Thucydides, would not have permitted an insult from Ceres herself! At that date he would have floored ten orators, he would have terrified three thousand Archers with his shouts; he would have pierced the whole line of the enemy with his shafts. Ah! but if you will not leave the aged in peace, decree that the advocates be matched; thus the old man will only be confronted with a toothless greybeard, the young will fight with the braggart, the ignoble with the son of Clinias;Alcibiades. make a law that in the future,
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