Reissue of Aristophanes' most famous plays in the Methuen Classical Greek Dramatists series
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.
The Acharnians or Acharnians is the third play — and the earliest of the eleven surviving plays — by the Athenian playwright Aristophanes. It was produced in 425 BCE on behalf of the young dramatist by an associate, Callistratus, and it won first place at the Lenaia festival. The play is notable for its absurd humour, its imaginative appeal for an end to the Peloponnesian War and for the author's spirited response to condemnations of his previous play, The Babylonians, by politicians such as Cleon, who had reviled it as a slander against the Athenian polis. In The Acharnians, Aristophanes reveals his resolve not to yield to attempts at political intimidation. Along with the other surviving plays of Aristophanes, The Acharnians is one of the few - and oldest - surviving examples of a highly satirical genre of drama known as Old Comedy.
The Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the wisdom of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Latin and Greek texts. This comprehensive eBook presents the complete works of the Athenian playwright Aristophanes, with beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)
* 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 Translations THE ACHARNIANS THE KNIGHTS THE CLOUDS THE WASPS PEACE THE BIRDS LYSISTRATA THE WOMEN CELEBRATING THE THESMOPHORIA THE FROGS THE ASSEMBLYWOMEN WEALTH
The Greek Texts LIST OF GREEK TEXTS
The Biographies INTRODUCTION TO ARISTOPHANES by John Williams White ARISTOPHANES by T. W. Lumb
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