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Aristophanes III : Birds; Lysistrata; Women at the Thesmophoria

Aristophanes III : Birds; Lysistrata; Women at the Thesmophoria - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0674995871

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ISBN13: 978-0674995871
ISBN10: 0674995872
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Published: 2000
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Aristophanes III : Birds; Lysistrata; Women at the Thesmophoria - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0674995871

Aristophanes and Jeffrey Ed. Henderson

ISBN13: 978-0674995871
ISBN10: 0674995872
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

Aristophanes (ca. 446-386 B.C.), one of the world's greatest comic dramatists, has been admired since antiquity for his iridescent wit and beguiling fantasy, exuberant language, and brilliant satire of the social, intellectual, and political life of Athens at its height. In a new Loeb Classical Library edition of Aristophanes' plays, Jeffrey Henderson presents a freshly edited Greek text facing a lively, unexpurgated translation with full explanatory notes.

In Birds Aristophanes turns from the pointed political satire characteristic of earlier plays to a fantasy that soars literally into the air in search of a carefree world. Here the enterprising protagonists create a utopian counter-Athens, called Cloudcuckooland, ruled by birds. Lysistrata blends uninhibited comedy and an earnest call for peace. Lysistrata, our first comic heroine, organizes a panhellenic conjugal strike of young wives until their husbands end the war between Athens and Sparta. Athenian women again take center stage in Women at the Thesmophoria, this time to punish Euripides for portraying them as wicked. Parody of Euripides' plots enlivens this witty confrontation of the sexes.

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