The Clouds by Aristophanes

The Clouds (Ancient Greek: Νεφέλαι Nephelai) is a comedy written by the celebrated playwright Aristophanes lampooning intellectual fashions in classical Athens. It was originally produced at the City Dionysia in 423 BC and it was not well received, coming last of the three plays competing at the festival that year. It was revised between 420-417 BC and thereafter it was circulated in manuscript form. No copy of the original production survives, and scholarly analysis indicates that the revised version is an incomplete form of Old Comedy. This incompleteness, however, is not obvious in translations and modern performances. The Clouds can be considered not only the world's first extant 'comedy of ideas' but also a brilliant and successful example of that genre. The play gained notoriety for its caricature of Socrates ever since its mention in Plato's Apology as a factor contributing to the philosopher's trial and execution.

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Aristophanes: Clouds. Wasps. Peace (Loeb Classical Library No. 488) Hardcover 840655 $21.81 $16.82 1998
Aristophanes 1: Clouds, Wasps, Birds (Hackett Classics) Paperback 490312 $10.26 $2.06 1998
Four Greek Comedies: 'The Birds', 'The Frogs', 'The Clouds', and 'The Peace' Audible Audio Edition 29271 $10.95 2011
The Clouds Hardcover 8569515 $8.95
Clouds Paperback 893335 $4.89 $2.02 2000
Aristophanes' Clouds Paperback 249276 $5.98 $1.88 1993
The Clouds Mass Market Paperback 1034849 $39.89 $1.99
Clouds Paperback 519659 $9.95 $8.94 2008
The Clouds of Aristophanes: With Introduction, English Prose Translation, Critical Notes and Commentary, Including a New Transcript of the Scholia in the Codex Venetus Marcianus 474 (Classic Reprint) Paperback 1258718 $16.57 $20.77 2017
The Clouds Paperback 1133416 $5.55 $1.99 2006
Aristophanes 1: Clouds, Wasps, Birds Hardcover 3708934 $31.20 $3.10 1998
Clouds (Translated) Kindle Edition 285073 2010
The Clouds Kindle Edition 317224 2013
The Clouds Kindle Edition 782199 2004
Aristophanes' Clouds (Bryn Mawr Greek Commentaries) Plastic Comb 1124042 $13.06 $8.55 1987
Aristophanes Plays: 2: Wasps , Clouds , Birds , Festival Time and Frogs (Classical Dramatists) (Vol 2) Paperback 305844 $15.80 $1.98 1993
Aristophanes Plays: 2: Wasps; Clouds; Birds; Festival Time; Frogs: "Wasps", "Clouds", "Birds", "Festival Time" and "F (Classical Dramatists) Kindle Edition 2039823 2013
The Clouds Paperback 669283 $5.70 2016
Aristophanes: Lysistrata. Thesmophoriazusae. Ecclesiazusae. Plutus. (Loeb Classical Library No. 180) Hardcover 4033231 $114.58 $11.49
Aristophanes (The Clouds): An Annotated Translation Paperback 1255545 $45.31 $30.90 1996
Aristophanes: The Complete Plays Paperback 392030 $7.95 $5.85 2005
Aristophanes: The Complete Plays Kindle Edition 522620 2005
The Suits, Clouds, Birds (Aristophanes) (v. 3) Hardcover 3927988 $17.50 $11.81
Clouds (Focus Classical Library) Kindle Edition 767025 2012
Four Greek Comedies: The Birds, The Frogs, The Clouds and The Peace (Classic Books on CD Collection) (Classic Books on Cds Collection) Audio CD 3075908 $24.99 $163.54 2009
The Clouds: "High thoughts must have high language" Kindle Edition 702602 2017
The Clouds of Aristophanes Hardcover 5422180 $24.95 $33.89 2016
Aristophanes 1: Clouds, Wasps, Birds (Hackett Classics) Kindle Edition 348872 1998
Four Plays: (Lysistrata, The Frogs, A Parliament of Women, Plutus (Wealth) Kindle Edition 1925514 2015
Clouds and Lysistrata (Greek Edition) Paperback 1745185 $6.47 $5.50 2013
The Clouds Paperback 1524933 $8.09 $1.98 2013
Clouds / the Pot of Gold: The Clouds : The Pot of Gold (Crofts Classics) Paperback 2497622 $0.41 $0.01 1986
The Clouds Paperback 1798054 $3.01 $3.79 2012
Aristophanes: Clouds (Greek Edition) Paperback 3664685 $336.67 $10.80 1969
The Clouds Paperback 6768275 $11.39 2010
The Clouds Paperback 12740705 $4.99 2012
The Clouds Paperback 11552880 $8.50 2009
Clouds Paperback 7562911 $8.84 $65.94 2006
Clouds (Clarendon Paperbacks) Paperback 1958557 $54.83 $5.66 1989
The Clouds Kindle Edition 780817 2012
Aristophanes, 3: The Suits, Clouds, Birds (Penn Greek Drama Series) (v. 3) Paperback 1590545 $9.00 $0.02 1999
Aristophanes, 1 : The Acharnians, Peace, Celebrating Ladies, Wealth (Penn Greek Drama Series) Paperback 1696974 $14.95 $0.37 1998
The Clouds: Ancient Greek Text Paperback 1336294 $23.99 $18.97 2000
Aristophanes: Clouds Paperback 2633022 $3.60 $5.93 2010
Clouds Kindle Edition 272474 $5.63 2000
The Clouds Mass Market Paperback 3953664 $18.95 $0.54 1970
Clouds Hardcover 7175802 $193.79 $26.01 1968