The Birds is a comedy by the Ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes. It was performed in 414 BC at the City Dionysia where it won second prize. It has been acclaimed by modern critics as a perfectly realized fantasy remarkable for its mimicry of birds and for the gaiety of its songs. Unlike the author's other early plays, it includes no direct mention of the Peloponnesian War and there are few references to Athenian politics, and yet it was staged not long after the commencement of the Sicilian Expedition, an ambitious military campaign that had greatly increased Athenian commitment to the war effort. In spite of that, the play has many indirect references to Athenian political and social life. It is the longest of Aristophanes' surviving plays and yet it is a fairly conventional example of Old Comedy.
Today, we tend to picture ancient Greece as a land of togas, lyres and plenty of philosophical pondering -- but even back then, people were annoyed with the likes of Socrates, Plato and other intellectual blowhards. Brilliant playwright Aristophanes mercilessly skewers pretentious intellectuals in his comic masterwork The Clouds.
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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