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April 9, 2013

Aristophanes Frogs

Dionysus: Never mind that, just give me a simple answer: what’s the quickest way to Hades? I want a route that’s not too warm and not too cold.

Heracles: Let me see now. You could go via rope and scaffold, if you don’t mind hanging around for a bit,

Aristophanes Frogs in Aristophanes Frogs and Other Plays Tr. by David Barrett, London:Penguin Classics, 1964.

This is one of my favourite quotes from Frogs and demonstrates Aristophanes wit and ability to play on words. In Frogs Dionysus, having noticed a significant decline in tragic drama, wants to travel to Hades to bring Euripides back from the dead.

The mockery of well known people and gods was a key attribute to Aristophanes comedy allowing him to address problems of the day; such as war, peace and corruption. The quote demonstrates Aristophanes mockery exceptionally well; it is also particularly funny.

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