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Aristophanes: Knights

Alan H. Sommerstein


Knights was the first play to be produced by Aristophanes on his own behalf. In it, he launched a violent attack on Cleon, the leading politician of the day, on the whole style of leadership that he represented and on a system which seemed to guarantee that a bad leader could be displaced by a worse. Knights was performed at the Lenaea of 424 B.C. and won first prize, defeating the Satyrs of Cratinus and the Porters of Aristomenes. It was produced as a violent attack on Cleon, who was credited for the victory at Pylos during the Peloponnesian War and became a national hero. This book begins wi ... More

Keywords: Knights, Aristophanes, play

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Print publication date: 1981 Print ISBN-13: 9780856681776
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780856681776.001.0001


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