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Text #3694

Aristophanes. Clouds
[Verse 580 p. 47]

If someone’s planning an insane expedition, we1 thunder or start drizzling. When you chose that god-awful Paphlagonian2 tanner as general, with furrowed brows we kicked up a storm; thunder crashed through lightning, the moon left her course, the sun immediately wound in his wick and said that he wouldn’t shine any more if Cleon were general3.

  1. i. e the gods [nE]

  2. i. e. Cleon, the foremost political leader in Athens after the death of Pericles. Aristophanes caricatures him as a Paphlagonian slave in control of his master, Demos (the people). [nE]

  3. i. e. the lunar eclipse on 9 October 425 and the solar eclipse on 21 March 424: see Boll F., Finsternisse, RE 6, 1909, p. 2358; Ginzel, Spezieller Kanon der Sonnen,1899, p. 177. Cleon was elected in spring 424 as one of the ten generals for the next year. [nE]

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