Aristophanes and Cleon

1. Who was Cleon?

  • Athens' most skilled naval commander
  • Aristophanes estranged brother
  • A prominent politician
  • A pro-war army general
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2. What was Aristophanes' main reason for attacking Cleon?

  • He wanted to avenge Cleon for attempting to prosecute him and blackmail the Athenians
  • He believed that Cleon had slept with his wife
  • He believed Cleon was attempting to make peace with Sparta
  • He was being paid by Pericles to publicly humiliate Cleon to steer voters away from him

3. What reputation did Cleon have?

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

4. Which of Aristophanes' plays did Cleon attempt to prosecute him over?

  • The Babylonians
  • The Knights
  • Telephus
  • The Acharnians

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

  • Peace
  • The Knights
  • The Frogs
  • The Acharnians

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