Vol 7 (2017)

Dishonour the father: fathers and sons between Clouds and Wasps

Francesco Morosi
Scuola Normale Superiore\
Published February 15, 2019
  • Aristophanes - Clouds,
  • Aristophanes - Wasps,
  • father-son relationship,
  • generation gap


Clouds and Wasps share a common theme: the problematic relationship between father and son. Is it a simple affinity, or is there something more? The first part of this paper aims to show that the two plays share more profound features. The second part of the paper will offer a parallel reading of Clouds and Wasps , showing that the two fathers are described in a similar way, but with quite opposite ends.