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Aristophanes on Socrates

The feeling that Socrates could be a danger to conventional society gave the comic playwright Aristophanes1 the inspiration for his comedy Clouds 2 of 423 B.C., so named from the role played by the chorus. In the play Socrates is presented as a cynical sophist who, for a fee, offers instruction in the Protagorean technique of making the weaker argument the stronger3. When the protagonist's son is transformed by Socrates's instruction into a rhetorician able to argue that a son has the right to beat his parents4, the protagonist ends the comedy by burning down Socrates's Thinking Shop, as it is called in the play.

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