Plutus (play)

The wealth, Greek Pluto, the last comedy of the Greek poet Aristophanes, was preserved for posterity the text. Their first version was 408 BC, but ours is only one edited, the current affairs customized version of 388 BC survived.


With his last listed under their direction work Aristophanes heralds the transition to the middle comedy. The focus is no longer the major political issues of the time, but individual and social problems, and it comes to the distribution of ownership in the wealth. The decent Chremylos ( "The little stutter " ) have to live in poverty, while many criminals amass an ever-increasing fortune. He turns about to the oracle at Delphi to find out if his son shall deal also from the path of virtue, later to lead a better life than his father. From Apollo, he received the Council, the first man to run him on leaving the temple on the way to follow, and to invite him to his inn. He meets an old, blind man: Pluto, the God of Wealth. Because this is blind, he can not see how unfair he distributes his gifts. To change this, let him Chremylos in the temple of Asclepius to heal, after which change the ownership desired. Penia, goddess of poverty and thus antagonist, it is not possible to convince the citizens with a lecture on the moral significance of poverty - it is driven, on the other hand celebrated Pluto and honored with an altar in the Parthenon.