translated by Kenneth McLeish
When Nikias and Demosthenes discover that their fellow slave, the loud-mouthed Paphlagon, is destined to rule the city of Athens, they immediately set out to find the one man prophesised to defeat him — the local sausage-seller. Paphlagon and the sausage-seller face off in an uproarious battle to win over the hearts and minds of the citizens, using whatever means necessary.
With its simple staging and small cast, Knights is imminently accessible and modern in this translation by Kenneth McLeish. Aristophanes employs bawdy caricature and hard-hitting humour to satirize the most controversial political issues of his day, showing that ultimately, the one thing needed to succeed in politics is the ability to sell sausages.