Aristophanes and Cleon

1. What did Cleon and Aristophanes have in common?

  • They both sympathised with the Megarians
  • They both came from same home town
  • They both hated war
  • They shared a father
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2. Why was Cleon unsuccessful in prosecuting Aristophanes?

  • Playwrights could not be prosecuted for what anything said in a play
  • Playwrights were paid to attack and undermine politicians like Cleon
  • Aristophanes had the most expensive lawyer in Athens at the time
  • The Assembly did not like Cleon for blackmailing the Athenian citizens

3. Which of Aristophanes' plays was the most direct attack on Cleon?

  • Peace
  • The Knights
  • The Frogs
  • The Acharnians

4. What reputation did Cleon have?

  • A coward in battle but brave at sea.
  • Loud, obnoxious and easily offended.
  • Quiet, shy and timid in the Assembly.
  • Funny, confident and intelligent.

5. Who was Cleon?

  • Athens' most skilled naval commander
  • Aristophanes estranged brother
  • A prominent politician
  • A pro-war army general

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