By Aristophanes, Translated by Ian Johnston
"Frogs is by way of universal consent one of many most interesting achievements of Aristophanes (456 BC to 386 BC), the best author of comedian drama in classical Athens and between most renowned writers of dramatic comedy in our Western culture. The play was once first played at a competition of Dionysus in Athens in 405 BC, at a time whilst the disastrous Peloponnesian battle among Athens and Sparta was once nearing its finish. The creation used to be so well known that it got the intense honour of a moment creation and Aristophanes acquired a distinct award from town. within the play the god Dionysus, within the type of a middle-aged man or woman, insists on vacationing to Hades to deliver again the tragic poet Euripides (who had died the 12 months before), in order that Athens can once more take pleasure in superb poetry. His slave Xanthias accompanies him. The journey is filled with strong comical encounters with various characters, together with Hercules, Charon, the recognized refrain of the Frogs, quite a few underworld figures, and, ultimately Euripides and Aeschylus, who level a debate over which ones is the best poet, an issue which has them mercilessly satirizing one another s paintings. For all its super humorous degree enterprise, Frogs increases a few very important and nonetheless appropriate questions about the character of dramatic artwork and the position of the dramatist. It additionally explores and exposes the self-serving attitudes of voters in the course of a time of war."
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Xanthias and the Servant go into the house] CHORUS [in a parody of the tragic style] Now the loud-roaring hero feels in full his fury— that valiant vehemence which surges up within, when he confronts his rival in poetic craft sharpening smooth-talking tusks, just like a boar. 64  920 His frenzied passion's going to make those eyeballs roll. The battle’s here at hand—helmet-glancing war, horse-crested words, while splintered axles break apart, as the subtle chisel-worker tries to push and parry 930 steed-prancing phrases from the man who builds our minds.
Aristophanes' prediction that Cleophon would soon be sentenced to death came true a year later. 56 to ease their fears. So if a man slips up thanks to the wrestling tricks of Phrynicus,1 I say we should allow the ones who fall to state their case, reform their evil ways. Besides that’s no dishonour to our city. It would bring benefits. 2 I don’t deny this worked out well—in fact, I praise it. It’s the only well-intentioned thing you did. But as well as this it stands to reason we should forget the single blow of fortune of those who fought so much at sea beside you, just like their fathers, your ethnic kinsmen— that’s what they keep requesting.
Well, they listened to him, heard his counter-arguments, his twists and turns, and went nuts for him. So they then proposed he was the wisest of all men. With that, Euripides got so worked up he claimed that chair where Aeschylus sits down.  870 XANTHIAS Didn’t people throw stuff at him? SERVANT My god, no. Quite the opposite. They all cried out to have a trial set up which could find out which of the two men was the wiser poet. XANTHIAS The crowd of scoundrels? SERVANT Yes, that bunch— they made a din, by god—right up to heaven.