Socrates in a basket

"The Clouds"

423 BCE

Why is it canonical?

Plato claims in one of his dialogues that Arisophanes' lampooning of Socrates in "The Clouds" contributed to Socrates' trial and execution. It is the first extant "Comedy of Ideas" and exemplifies the genre.

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Socrates in a basket

Strepsiades and Pheidippides are discussing, Socrates is hanging in the air in a basket. Scene from Aristophanes's comedy Clouds.


Full English text of "The Clouds" by Aristophanes