From the Paperback edition.
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Aristophanes’ life and works
* Features the complete extant plays of Aristophanes, in both English translation and the original Greek
* Concise introductions to the comedies
* Images of contemporary Greek art that have been inspired by Aristophanes’ works
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Easily locate the plays or works you want to read with individual contents tables
* Features two bonus biographies – discover Aristophanes’ ancient world
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
THE WOMEN CELEBRATING THE THESMOPHORIA
The Greek Texts
LIST OF GREEK TEXTS
INTRODUCTION TO ARISTOPHANES by John Williams White
ARISTOPHANES by T. W. Lumb
Aristophanes is the oldest comedic writer in Western literature. Although only eleven of the some forty plays he wrote survive, his unique blend of slapstick, fantasy, bawy and political satire provide us with a vivid picture of the ancient Athenians - their social mores, their beliefs and their exuberant sense of occasion. Wasps is a lawcourt satire, Clouds a lighthearted look at education, Birds a search for the perfect society, Festival Time a feminist trial of Euripides and Frogs a celebration of and debate around the theatre.Aristophanes was a unique writer for the comic stage as well as one of the most revealing about the society for which he wrote.
These three plays by the great comic playwright Aristophanes (c. 446-386 BCE), the well-known Lysistrata, and the less familiar Women at the Thesmophoria and Assemblywomen, are the earliest surviving portrayals of contemporary women in the European literary tradition. These plays provide a unique glimpse of women not only in their familiar domestic roles but also in relation to household and city, religion and government, war and peace, theater and festival, and, of course, to men.
This freshly revised edition presents, for the first time in a single volume, all three plays in faithful modern translations that preserve intact Aristophanes’ blunt and often obscene language, sparkling satire, political provocation, and beguiling fantasy. Alongside the translations are ample introductions and notes covering the politically engaged genre of Aristophanic comedy in general and issues of sex and gender in particular, which have been fully updated since the first edition in light of recent scholarship. An appendix contains fragments of lost plays of Aristophanes that also featured women, and an up-to-date bibliography provides guidance for further exploration.
In addition to their timeless humor and biting satire, the plays are unique and invaluable documents in the history of western sexuality and gender, and they offer strikingly prescient speculations about the social and political future of the female sex.
With a signature style that is at once bawdy and delicate, as well as a fearless penchant for lampooning the rich and powerful, Aristophanes remains arguably the finest satirist of all time. Collected here are all 11 of his surviving plays-newly translated by the distinguished poet and translator Paul Roche.
This original and wide-ranging collection of essays
offers, for the first time, a comprehensive examination of the political
dimensions of that madcap comic poet Aristophanes. Rejecting the claim that
Aristophanes is little more than a mere comedian, the contributors to this
fascinating volume demonstrate that Aristophanes deserves to be placed in the
ranks of the greatest Greek political thinkers. As these essays reveal, all of
Aristophanes’ plays treat issues of fundamental political importance, from war
and peace, poverty and wealth, the relation between the sexes, demagoguery and
democracy to the role of philosophy and poetry in political society. Accessible
to students as well as scholars, The Political Theory of Aristophanes
can be utilized easily in the classroom, but at the same time serve as a
valuable source for those conducting more advanced research. Whether the field
is political philosophy, classical studies, history, or literary criticism, this
work will make it necessary to reconceptualize how we understand this great
Athenian poet and force us to recognize the political ramifications and
underpinnings of his uproarious comedies.
and Aristophanic comedy within it. Footnotes and more detailed endnotes
further distinguish this edition of a play famous for its caricature of
Socrates and of the "new learning."
This book charts a new course for Aristophanic comedy, taking its lead from the work of Bakhtin. Bakhtin describes the way multiple voices—vocabularies, tones, and styles of language originating in different social classes and contexts—appear and interact within literary texts. He argues that the dynamic quality of literature arises from the dialogic relations that exist among these voices. Although Bakhtin applied his theory primarily to the epic and the novel, Platter finds in his work profound implications for Aristophanic comedy, where stylistic heterogeneity is the genre's lifeblood.
Telò boldly traces Aristophanes’s rise, ironically, to the defeat of his play Clouds at the Great Dionysia of 423 BCE. Close readings of his revised Clouds and other works, such as Wasps, uncover references to the earlier Clouds, presented by Aristophanes as his failed attempt to heal the audience, who are reflected in the plays as a kind of dysfunctional father. In this proto-canonical narrative of failure, grounded in the distinctive feelings of different comic modes, Aristophanic comedy becomes cast as a prestigious object, a soft, protective cloak meant to shield viewers from the debilitating effects of competitors’ comedies and restore a sense of paternal responsibility and authority. Associations between afflicted fathers and healing sons, between audience and poet, are shown to be at the center of the discourse that has shaped Aristophanes’s canonical dominance ever since.