Bruno Snell, The Discovery of the Mind
(New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1960), p. 41 (tr. T.G. Rosenmeyer):
We find it difficult to understand how the gods of one's faith could be subjected to Aristophanic jests. But laughter is part of the meaning, the fruitfulness, the positive side of life, and it is therefore, in the eyes of the Greeks, more godlike than the sour solemnity which we associate with piety.
Hugh Lloyd-Jones, The Justice of Zeus
, 2nd edition (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983), p. 133:
The occasional fun poked at the gods in comedy is no evidence against the religious conservatism of the common man; it is when religion is sure of itself that such amusement is permitted.
David Kovacs, The Heroic Muse
(Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, 1987), p. 75:
Archaic Greek paganism is by no means a contemptible religion. There are, to be sure, some comforts available to Jews and Christians which it does not provide. But the reverse is true as well.