page contents

The Ancient Greek Peace-Seekers!

 Trygaeus, Heather and the Poop-Beetle making their way into the sky. Made by Chad, Fang Rong, Qing En, Thanak (April, 2017) using  Storyboardthat

Trygaeus, Heather and the Poop-Beetle making their way into the sky. Made by Chad, Fang Rong, Qing En, Thanak (April, 2017) using Storyboardthat


Welcome, our fellow classmates!

Here's our take on "Peace", a play written by one of Ancient Greece's most famous playwrights, Aristophanes. 1

Psst... In the play, the poop beetle is actually a dung beetle... but for the comic's purpose we will be calling it a poop beetle and using a flying pig!1

  1. If this name doesn't ring a bell yet... Remember Lysistrata? Yep, Aristophanes wrote that too. 😉

  1. Please have our apologies, we couldn't find a beetle 😭

More about Aristophanes and Peace...

Besides Peace, Aristophanes had written other plays such as The Acharnians and Lysistrata. Many of his plays are political comedies which often criticize the political state of Athens and the other Greek city states, particularly on the Peloponnesian War.1 As the war dragged on, Aristophanes seemed to be increasingly discouraged about attaining peace because he made peace consecutively harder for his protagonist to achieve in each play. This tells us the state that Athens was in during the war.

Peace was written and performed in 421 BCE. It was set in a time when the Peace of Nicias was about to be signed. The plot of "Peace" revolves around Trygaeus 1 , the main protagonist, as he goes to great heights in search of Peace. 2 The play pointed out that all the Greeks have suffered enough from the War and should welcome peace, harvest and festives back.1

  1. Primarily fought between the two leading Greek city-states, Athens and Sparta.

  1. Trygaeus is a wealthy Athenian.

  1. These desires were symbolised by the 3 goddesses Trygaeus and the Greek city states rescued, Peace, Opora, and Theoria.
  2. FYI: Peace and War, in this play, are greek gods. So Trygaeus, was not only figuratively but literally looking for peace too. 👀



Without further ado...

Click 👉🏼here👈🏼 to check out our full comic strip on Instagram!


Reference List:

Andrew Wilson. Aristophanes' Peace. From The Classics pages. Accessed 20 April 2017.

Aristophanes. Peace (script). From The Internet Classics Archive by Daniel C. Stevenson. Accessed 20 April 2017.

Great Dionysia Festival. From Religious Facts. Accessed 20 April 2017.

Hermes, the Messenger of the gods. From Accessed 20 April 2017.

Luke Mastin. Ancient Greece, Aristophanes, Peace. From Ancient-Literature. Accessed 20 April 2017.

Mark Cartwright. Aristophanes. (13 March 2013). From The Ancient History Encyclopedia. Accessed 20 April 2017.

Mark Cartwright. Peloponnesian War. (01 June 2013) The Ancient History Encyclopedia. Accessed 20 April 2017.

Thomas R. Martin. An Overview of Classical Greek History from Mycenae to Alexander. From Perseus Digital Library.

Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War. (431 BCE).

UoNCC. Aristophanes' 'Peace' (2009 Production). (16 March 2014) Youtube.

Vassiliki Kotini and ڨاسيليكي كوتيني. Aristophanes's Response to the Peloponnesian War and the Defeat of the Comic Hero. (2010) Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, no. 30. pp. 134–149. 

Lynette Mitchell. Panhellenism and the Barbarian in Archaic and Classical Greece. (2007).


Media List(To create short clip and comic):