Aristophanes and Cleon

1. Why are Aristophanes' attacks on Cleon entertaining in his plays?

  • The audience knew Cleon was sitting in the front seat of the theatre
  • The audience could see Cleon's family in the theatre
  • The audience knew Aristophanes would soon be arrested
  • The audience knew Cleon was dying
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2. Who was Cleon?

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

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

  • The Knights
  • The Acharnians
  • The Frogs
  • Peace

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

  • The Knights
  • The Babylonians
  • The Acharnians
  • Telephus

5. What was Aristophanes' main reason for attacking Cleon?

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


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