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The Wasps 

The Frogs 




The Gods involved in Aristophanes Wasps and Frogs 











Demeter and Persephone 






 Athens and Athenians 2012  

Theatre images and the gods 2012  



Readings and Activities

Activity for Aristophanes.doc  


Time Line

Time Line Activity


War Information 

The Peloponnesian War




Aristophanic Humour

TYPES OF HUMOUR student handout 

Types of Humour 





Extra Readings on Humour and Aristophanes

Personal humour in Aristophanes 

Old comedy 

Old Comedy 2 

Aristophanes and his comedies 

Aristophanes and Greek Old Comedy 

Aristophanes and Political and Social Satire



Alcibiades, Athens and the Human Condition info 

Good Man, Bad Man, Traitor: Alcibiades 


Important Ideas

Wasps and Frogs comparison chart.doc  








I am the very model of a modern Major-General,

I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical
From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical;
I'm very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical,
I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical,
About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot o' news,
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.
I'm very good at integral and differential calculus;
I know the scientific names of beings animalculous:
In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I am the very model of a modern Major-General.
I know our mythic history, King Arthur's and Sir Caradoc's;
I answer hard acrostics, I've a pretty taste for paradox,
I quote in elegiacs all the crimes of Heliogabalus,
In conics I can floor peculiarities parabolous;
I can tell undoubted Raphaels from Gerard Dows and Zoffanies,
I know the croaking chorus from The Frogs of Aristophanes!
Then I can hum a fugue of which I've heard the music's din afore,
And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore.
Then I can write a washing bill in Babylonic cuneiform,
And tell you ev'ry detail of Caractacus's uniform:
In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I am the very model of a modern Major-General.
In fact, when I know what is meant by "mamelon" and "ravelin",
When I can tell at sight a Mauser rifle from a Javelin,
When such affairs as sorties and surprises I'm more wary at,
And when I know precisely what is meant by "commissariat",
When I have learnt what progress has been made in modern gunnery,
When I know more of tactics than a novice in a nunnery
In short, when I've a smattering of elemental strategy
You'll say a better Major-General has never sat a gee.
For my military knowledge, though I'm plucky and adventury,
Has only been brought down to the beginning of the century;
But still, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I am the very model of a modern Major-General.




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