Some staging issues and their consequences in Aristophanes' Clouds

S. Douglas Olson

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This paper focuses on three specific issues raised by the first scene in the surviving version of Aristophanes' Clouds: (1) the character of Strepsiades' bed and how it is put to use later in the action; (2) the costuming of Strepsiades and Pheidippides, and of the Just Argument and the Unjust Argument, who, I suggest, recall them in the second half of the play; and (3) the number of actors the text requires. I use these arguably minor points in an attempt to shed light on a number of structural and interpretative aspects of the play, on the relationship between Clouds I and Clouds II, and on the way that we today talk about and interpret Athenian comedy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPage and Stage
Subtitle of host publicationIntersections of Text and Performance in Ancient Greek Drama
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783111248028
ISBN (Print)9783111247397
StatePublished - Jun 19 2023

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston.


  • Clouds
  • Costuming
  • Props
  • Staging
  • Three Actors Rule


Dive into the research topics of 'Some staging issues and their consequences in Aristophanes' Clouds'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this