Friday, January 06, 2006

Aristophanes

The stamp commemorates the comedic playwrite who wrote a whole play, The Clouds, ridiculing Socrates. Normally, Athenians were happy to let people talk and teach as they liked, but they had to be able to take it as well as dish it out. This stamp celebrates "Greek Democracy," and the public theater of Aristophanes' and Socrates' time was maybe as important as the political assembly as an expression of the freedom enjoyed by Athenian citizens.

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