What are the important themes of Aristophanes' Frogs?

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One of the important themes in Aristophanes' Frogs is the power of literature in society. In this play, the god Dionysus travels to the underworld to bring back Euripides because Athens' current crop of tragedians is not acceptable to him. After Dionysus arrives in the underworld, he learns of a dispute between Aeschylus and Euripides over who is the best tragedian. Subsequently, Dionysus presides over a contest between the two tragedians, a contest which Aeschylus wins because he provides the best advice on how to deal with the Athenian political situation in the waning years of the fifth century BCE. As Dionysus and Aeschylus leave the underworld, Pluto praises Aeschylus for his ability to give good advice to the Athenians:

Farewell then Aeschylus, great and wise,
Go, save our state by the maxims rare
Of thy noble thought; and the fools chastise,
For many a fool dwells there. (Anonymous translator)