Identify a serious sense of humor lurking comic poet, it is always difficult, but in the case of Aristophanes' task easier, because the author is playing the traditional role of the poet in the old comedy - to give people good advice. "For your sake and the sake of the islands, - he exclaimed, - I have never stopped their struggle" against Cleon. The same yardstick he judges in the "Frogs" by Aeschylus and Euripides, as the tragedians, whose role - "to teach people, but teach them what is good and not shameful things." As an artist, Aristophanes would probably prefer Euripides, but as a citizen comes first Aeschylus as its tragedies topics were more exalted and tips that he gave the state the best. This was also his attitude to Socrates. It is possible that Socrates and Aristophanes were close friends, but as the poet Aristophanes philosopher judged on their value to the state. Socrates of the "cloud" is an accurate portrait of the real Socrates, and ridicule his methods as a teacher had intended to divert attention from the true consequences of his teachings, which, according to Aristophanes, consisted in the fact that the young Athenians, including the young aristocrats who lost faith in the gods of the city, and Greece, and by the skill of trained dialectic juggling black and white, true and false. In 405 BC, when Athens fought for its existence, Noble gave the palm to Aeschylus, adding: "We should not sit and chat with Socrates, the sacrifice of the finest examples of tragedy and forgetting about the art of music." Aristocrat, a sincere well-wisher of Athens, Euripides and Socrates condemned not as individuals, but as a preacher of individualism that destroys the unity of the polis. By 405 BC Euripides left Athens and died in Macedonia, and Alcibiades and the other disciples of Socrates had been in exile. In 399 Aristophanes attacks on Socrates were correctly understood, but Aristophanes would have condemned the severity with which Socrates attacked the persecutors.