By Aristophanes

This is an English translation of Aristophanes' renowned comedy within which the god Dionysus seeks to deliver the nice dramatist Euripides from Hades, the place he encounters one other nice Classical playwright, Aeschylus. comprises heritage fabric at the historic and cultural context of this paintings, feedback for additional interpreting, and notes. the focal point Classical Library offers shut translations with notes and essays to supply entry to knowing Greek tradition and the roots of up to date thought.

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Xanthias convinced, scared that you’ve misplaced your brain. Heracles I swear to god, I easily can’t cease giggling! I’m biting my lip, yet nonetheless I can’t aid guffawing. Dionysus Come right here, my guy; I’d like a note with you. Heracles I’m sorry, yet I can’t shake off this laughter. [45] It’s given that lionskin atop a yellow dress. 6 What’s the belief? Why a battle membership with lady’s boots? the place on the earth have you ever been? Dionysus Serving topside with Cleisthenes. 7 Heracles And did you have interaction? Dionysus Oh sure, and that i additionally sank a few enemy ships, probably twelve or 13 of them. [50] Heracles You ? Dionysus So support me Apollo. Xanthias after which I awakened. Dionysus good besides, as i used to be up on deck studying Andromeda8 to myself, a surprising longing struck my center, you can’t think how difficult. Heracles A longing? How large? Dionysus Small, the dimensions of Molon. nine [55] Heracles for a girl? Dionysus Nope. Heracles A boy, then? Dionysus no longer within the slightest. Heracles For a guy, then? Dionysus Ah ah! Heracles Did you do it with Cleisthenes? Dionysus Don’t tease me, brother;10 I’m actually in a really undesirable manner. That’s how completely this ardour is messing me up. Heracles what sort of ardour, little brother? Dionysus It’s not easy to place into phrases, [60] yet I’ll try and clarify it to you through analogy. have you had a surprising yearning for minestrone? Heracles Minestrone? Oh my, hundreds of thousands of occasions in my existence! Dionysus Am I being transparent, or should still I convey it differently? Heracles No challenge with minestrone; i am getting the purpose. [65] Dionysus good, that’s the type of longing that’s consuming me up — for Euripides. Heracles You suggest, even useless and all? Dionysus and no-one in the world can convince me no longer to head after him. Heracles to move even under to Hades? Dionysus by means of heaven, whether there’s someplace lower than that. [70] Heracles what's it you will want? Dionysus i would like a skilled poet, “for a few are long past, and people who stay are undesirable. ”11 Heracles How so? Isn’t Iophon alive? 12 Dionysus definite, and he’s the one classification act left, that's, if he rather is one; for I’m no longer precisely certain how that stands both. [75] Heracles If you’re quite set on resurrecting a person, then why don't you Sophocles rather than Euripides? Dionysus No, first i would like to get Iophon by way of himself with no Sophocles and review what he produces. along with, Euripides is a slippery personality [80] and might most likely even aid me pull off an get away, whereas Sophocles used to be light the following and should be light there. Heracles And the place is Agathon? thirteen Dionysus He’s long past and left me, a good poet and extremely a lot neglected by means of his acquaintances. 14 Heracles the place on the earth to, negative factor? Dionysus To social gathering with the Blest. [85] Heracles And what approximately Xenocles? 15 Dionysus To hell with him! Heracles And Pythangelus? sixteen Xanthias yet nary a note approximately me, notwithstanding my shoulder here’s getting ever so badly bruised? Heracles yet aren’t there different poets the following, lads busy composing tragedies by means of the tens of hundreds of thousands [90] and out-blabbering Euripides by way of a mile? Dionysus All these are cast-offs and purely empty chatter, choirs of swallows, wreckers in their paintings, who possibly get a refrain and are quickly forgotten, after having their unmarried piss upon Tragedy.

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