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Peace

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Author: Aristophanes
Published: 421 BC
Language: English
Wordcount: 15,778 / 52 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83
LoC Category: PA
Downloads: 2,097
mnybks.net#: 631
Genres: Drama, Classic
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n the door a bit ajar without his seeing it. Has he done eating? Come, pluck up courage, cram yourself till you burst! The cursed creature! It wallows in its food! It grips it between its claws like a wrestler clutching his opponent, and with head and feet together rolls up its paste like a rope-maker twisting a hawser. What an indecent, stinking, gluttonous beast! I know not what angry god let this monster loose upon us, but of a certainty it was neither Aphrodite nor the Graces.

FIRST SERVANT Who was it then?

SECOND SERVANT No doubt the Thunderer, Zeus.

FIRST SERVANT But perhaps some spectator, some beardless youth, who thinks himself a sage, will say, "What is this? What does the beetle mean?" And then an Ionian,[1] sitting next him, will add, "I think 'tis an allusion to Cleon, who so shamelessly feeds on filth all by himself."--But now I'm going indoors to fetch the beetle a drink.

f[1] 'Peace' was no doubt produced at the festival of the Apaturia, which was kept at the end of

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