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  • In Aristophanes’ comedy, Lysistrata, Athens and Sparta are at war. Women of both sides deny sex to their husbands until the men of the two Greek states agree to stop fighting and get along.
  • So then, from the only comfortable chair in my room, where I sat reading Aristophanes that night, I was able to see a section of the upstairs hallway through my partly open door.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Aristophanes and Mahatma Gandhi and Gautama Buddha and Confucius and Thomas Love Peacock and Thomas Jefferson and Mr. Lincoln, if you please.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Pedantic: ’That beast Aristophanes Names Hippocamelelephantoles Must have possessed just such a solid lump Of flesh and bone, beneath his forehead’s bump!’
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac

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  • This is mainly because two early critics, Aristophanes and Aristarchus, are said to have called line 296 of XXIII the "goal" or "end" of The Odyssey.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The best known writer of comedies was Aristophanes, who also wrote a spiteful comedy about Socrates as the buffoon of Athens.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • If you live in a medium-sized theater market, there is precisely one writer you can count on being in pro-duction somewhere in your area every year, and it is neither August Wilson nor Aristophanes.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Meanwhile I will read, as soon as I am settled in Christminster, the books I have not been able to get hold of here: Livy, Tacitus, Herodotus, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Aristophanes
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • …Harlequins and Columbines, jolted along high above the passers-by, all possible grotesquenesses, from the Turk to the savage, Hercules supporting Marquises, fishwives who would have made Rabelais stop up his ears just as the Maenads made Aristophanes drop his eyes, tow wigs, pink tights, dandified hats, spectacles of a grimacer, three-cornered hats of Janot tormented with a butterfly, shouts directed at pedestrians, fists on hips, bold attitudes, bare shoulders, immodesty unchained; a…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Among the more eminent Bluecoat boys are Joshua Barnes, editor of Anacreon and Euripides; Jeremiah Markland, the eminent critic, particularly in Greek Literature; Camden, the antiquary; Bishop Stillingfleet; Samuel Richardson, the novelist; Thomas Mitchell, the translator of Aristophanes; Thomas Barnes, many years editor of the London Times; Coleridge, Charles Lamb, and Leigh Hunt.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper

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  • As for the poets, they have Aristophanes, Homer, Euripides, and Sophocles of Aldus’s edition; and for historians, Thucydides, Herodotus, and Herodian.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • Come, thou that hast inspired thy Aristophanes, thy Lucian, thy Cervantes, thy Rabelais, thy Moliere, thy Shakespear, thy Swift, thy Marivaux, fill my pages with humour; till mankind learn the good-nature to laugh only at the follies of others, and the humility to grieve at their own.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Aristophanes was a heathen; and you, Juan, I am afraid, are very little better.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • A similar thought is expressed by Juvenal, Seneca, Cicero, and Aristophanes.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • We get one contemporary view of Socrates from playwright Aristophanes.
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • The learned will remember Aristophanes’ ridicule of them in The Clouds, 660-690.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Aristophanes wrote this in 411 B.c.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • The best fabulists have often been the greatest satirists: satire (as with Aristophanes, Voltaire, and Swift) is a high and subtle art, quite beyond the barnyard snipings and wholesale geeseslaughterings of the present degenerate age.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • But I cannot admit that the class represented by Eschylus, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Euripides, Shakespear, Goethe, Ibsen, and Tolstoy, not to mention our own contemporary playwrights, is as much in place in Mr Redford’s office as a pickpocket is in Bow Street.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • Such is the nature of the accusation: it is just what you have yourselves seen in the comedy of Aristophanes (Aristoph.
    Plato  --  The Apology
  • In his play Clouds, first produced in 423 B.C.E., Aristophanes presents Socrates as an eccentric and comic headmaster of a "thinkery" (or "thoughtery").
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • Plato, in his Symposium, describes Socrates and Aristophanes engaged in friendly conversation.
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • Birds, a play of Aristophanes written six years after his Clouds, contains a revealing reference.
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • Aristophanes labels a gang of pro-Sparta aristocratic youths as "Socratified."
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • And Lysistrata, a play by Aristophanes in which the women of Athens and Sparta rebel—until the men of both nation-states agree to make peace, these women of warring cities unite in a boycott of all marital relations.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • He points out that Aristophanes, in his Clouds, had a character speculating that rain was Zeus urinating through a sieve, mistaking it for a chamberpot—and that no one ever bothered to charge Aristophanes with impiety.
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • He points out that Aristophanes, in his Clouds, had a character speculating that rain was Zeus urinating through a sieve, mistaking it for a chamberpot—and that no one ever bothered to charge Aristophanes with impiety.
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • …with that exception, agreed so far, will you not agree with me further that Life has not measured the success of its attempts at godhead by the beauty or bodily perfection of the result, since in both these respects the birds, as our friend Aristophanes long ago pointed out, are so extraordinarily superior, with their power of flight and their lovely plumage, and, may I add, the touching poetry of their loves and nestings, that it is inconceivable that Life, having once produced them,…
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • And so, forsooth, the youth are said to be taught them by Socrates, when there are not unfrequently exhibitions of them at the theatre (Probably in allusion to Aristophanes who caricatured, and to Euripides who borrowed the notions of Anaxagoras, as well as to other dramatic poets.
    Plato  --  The Apology
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