The Frogs

Santorini Traveler - - GREEK FESTIVAL - by Aristo­phanes

The Frogs was orig­i­nally pre­sented at the Le­naia fes­ti­val in 405 B.C. Frus­trated with the lack of great dra­mas pre­sented in Athens, with­out any ma­jor tragic po­ets alive any­more, Diony­sus de­scends to the Un­der­world to bring back to life a ma­jor poet des­tined to put a stop to the Po­lis’ down­ward spiral. With that in mind, Diony­sus sets up a dra­matic com­pe­ti­tion be­tween Aeschy­lus and Euripi­des. Pluto is to judge the com­pe­ti­tion: the bet­ter man gets to re­turn among the liv­ing. For Aristo­phanes, with his re­lent­less satire of mod­ern morals best ex­em­pli­fied in Euripi­des, the win­ner can only ever be Aeschy­lus. With English sur­titles Di­rec­tor: Kostas Filip­poglou

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