THREE ANCIENT GREEK COMEDIES WITH “PROFESSIONAL ACCUSERS”

AristophanesBalladeer’s Blog frequently examines ancient Greek comedies written by Aristophanes, Cratinus, Eupolis and others. Recently I was put in mind of the way those comedians often satirized the “professional accusers” in the political and legal forums of ancient Athens. 

Ballsey FraudDemagogues like Cleon and Hyperbolus and others often used “professional accusers” against their political opponents. These figures – called sycophantes by the ancient Athenians – are often termed “informers” in many translations of Greek comedies but I feel the word accuser is more accurate.

Such “professional accusers” would hurl scandalous accusations at their secret patron’s political foes, blackening their name in the public’s eyes and often causing them to face court costs, etc. (In English, sycophant has come to mean groveling toady and flatterer but back then the word carried a different meaning.)

Here are three examples:

THE KNIGHTS – Written by Aristophanes about the demagogue Cleon. CLICK HERE

MARIKAS – Written by Eupolis about the demagogue Hyperbolus. CLICK HERE 

THE BANQUETERS – Written by Aristophanes about families divided by politics. CLICK HERE

FOR MORE ANCIENT GREEK COMEDIES CLICK HERE:  https://glitternight.com/ancient-greek-comedies/

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6 Comments

Filed under Ancient Greek Comedy, humor, opinion

6 responses to “THREE ANCIENT GREEK COMEDIES WITH “PROFESSIONAL ACCUSERS”

  1. Sheila

    Outstanding job! I agree your version of the professional accusers is better.

  2. Liz

    Great analogy! Professional accusers would be a better description for this in the ancient Greek comedies.

  3. Elaine

    Blasey Ford is a disgrace. How can she expect to be taken seriously?

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