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16th-century engraving of a scene from the play.

The Clouds is a comedy written by the Ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes lampooning the sophists and the intellectual trends of late fifth-century Athens. Although it took last place in the comic festival Aristophanes entered it in, it is one of his most famous works because it satirzes Socrates.

The Clouds in "The Daimon"Edit

When the Salaminia arrived at Katane to recall Alkibiades to Athens to face trial, he complained to Nikias that there were about as many Athenians as part of the expedition as there were back at the polis. Nikias was unsympathetic, claiming he reminded him of Sokrates using bad logic to beat down good. Alkibiades replied that he lied about Sokrates, and without originality as the complaint came from Aristophanes' The Clouds.[1]

Later, while forming up a phalanx line, a fellow hoplite asked Sokrates if he had been on the comic stage during a performance of The Clouds. Sokrates demurred, but acknowledging that the actor's mask so resembled him that he stood up in the audience to show people.[2]


  1. See, e.g., Atlantis and Other Places, pg. 152, HC.
  2. Ibid., pgs. 165-166.