Art and Aesthetics in Action
Written by: Professor Severyn T. Bruyn

Sculpture


Aristophanes

Comedy and tragedy are close, like the opposing faces on a coin.

Aristophanes is a great comedian. His work brings feelings that are near to laughter and sadness at once. Two moods join in marriage.

In postmodern thought, there is no Truth.

In the comedy of Aristophanes, I found truth.


Aristophanes
Aristophanes


You cannot teach a crab to walk straight.
Aristophanes, ibid.

Let each man exercise the art he knows.
Aristophanes, Wasps [422 B.C.]


Mankind, fleet of life, like tree leaves, weak creatures of clay, unsubstantial as shadows, wingless, ephemeral, wretched, mortal and dreamlike.
Aristophanes, Birds [414 B.C.]

Who knows whether living is dying, and breathing
Is eating, and sleeping is a wool blanket?
Aristophanes, Frogs [405 B.C.]

Even if you persuade me, you won’t persuade me.
Aristophanes, Plutus [388 B.C.]


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