I turn to the ancient Greek comic author, Aristophanes, speaking at what must have seemed a similar time.
But what Aristophanes thought and felt about the matter is just what we shall not find in this translation.
I will do as you prescribe, said Aristophanes, and now get on.
Euripides has also been accused, by Aristophanes and by many less entertaining writers, of taking away all the dignity of tragedy.
And first of all Aristophanes dropped off, then, when the day was already dawning, Agathon.
Turned by Aristophanes into an apology for beating one's father, Nub.
Here we have the old father, a heart of oak, like the old Acharnian in Aristophanes.
Hence the utter valuelessness to us of to-day of the comedies of Aristophanes as works of wit.
Aristophanes derided all which was serious in the Athenian social system.
We are well acquainted with the character of the Old Comedy, in its greatest freedom, through the writings of Aristophanes.