Thursday, February 1, 2007

The Birds - Aristophanes

Well, it's late and I just finished reading this play by Aristophanes. It's about two guys who go to the birds to set up a utopian city in the clouds so they can "oust" the gods from Olympus. Supposedly the birds were created before the Titans and were more worthy of being worshipped than the Olympians.

I guess this is supposed to be a parody of utopianism. It is funny in places, though some of it was bawdy. I'm glad I read this play because it's a "classic", but I probably wouldn't recommend it to others. I do think it's cool that a play can survive over 2000 years after it was written, though.

414 BC, 48 pp.

Rating: 2.5

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