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Aristophanes : Clouds, Wasps, Peace

Aristophanes : Clouds, Wasps, Peace - 98 edition

Aristophanes : Clouds, Wasps, Peace - 98 edition

ISBN13: 9780674995376

ISBN10: 0674995376

Aristophanes : Clouds, Wasps, Peace by Aristophanes and Jeffrey  Ed. Henderson - ISBN 9780674995376
Edition: 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Published:
International: No
Aristophanes : Clouds, Wasps, Peace by Aristophanes and Jeffrey  Ed. Henderson - ISBN 9780674995376

ISBN13: 9780674995376

ISBN10: 0674995376


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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.

Socrates' "Thinkery" is at the center of Clouds, which spoofs untraditional techniques for educating young men. Wasps satirizes Athenian enthusiasm for jury service and the law courts as well as the city's susceptibility to demagogues. And Peace, celebrating the end of hostilities between Athens and Sparta, is a rollicking attack on the war-makers. An introduction to each play and full explanatory notes serve as a steady guide to the playwright's topical allusions.