Birds and Other Plays

Birds and Other Plays

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by Aristophanes
     
 

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These plays, written over forty years, contain Aristophanes' trademark bawdy comedy and dazzling verbal agility. In The Birds, two frustrated Athenians join with the birds to build the utopian city of 'Much Cuckoo in the Clouds'. The Knights is a venomous satire on Cleon, the prominent Athenian demagogue, while The Assemblywomen considers the war of the sexes, as the

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These plays, written over forty years, contain Aristophanes' trademark bawdy comedy and dazzling verbal agility. In The Birds, two frustrated Athenians join with the birds to build the utopian city of 'Much Cuckoo in the Clouds'. The Knights is a venomous satire on Cleon, the prominent Athenian demagogue, while The Assemblywomen considers the war of the sexes, as the women of Athens infiltrate the all-male Assembly in disguise. The lengthy conflict with Sparta is the subject of Peace, inspired by the hope of a settlement in 421 BC, and Wealth reflects the economic catastrophe that hit Athens after the war, as the god of riches is depicted as a ragged, blind old man. The lively translations by David Barrett and Alan H. Sommerstein capture the full humour of the plays. The introduction examines Aristophanes' life and times, and the comedy and poetry of his works. This volume also includes an introductory note for each play.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442935419
Publisher:
ReadHowYouWant
Publication date:
07/16/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
289 KB

Meet the Author

Aristophanes was born, probably in Athens, c. 449 BC and died between 386 and 380 BC. Little is known about his life, but there is a portrait of him in Plato's Symposium. He was twice threatened with prosecution in the 420s for his outspoken attacks on the prominent politician Cleon, but in 405 he was publicly honored and crowned for promoting Athenian civic unity in The Frogs. Aristophanes had his first comedy produced when he was about twenty-one, and wrote forty plays in all. The eleven surviving plays of Aristophanes are published in the Penguin Classics series as The Birds and Other PlaysLysistrata and Other Plays, and The Wasps/The Poet and the Women/The Frogs.

David Barrett has translated a number of ancient Greek texts for Penguin Classics.

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Birds and Other Plays 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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manirul01 More than 1 year ago
Awesome....!Beautiful....!Wonderful....!I really enjoy it.....!
Criticus More than 1 year ago
Excellent translation if you want something historically accurate (as opposed to the translator's own modern substitute jokes). The book does contain the plays stated (Birds, Lysistrata, Assembly-Women, Wealth): another user's comment is incorrect (possibly added to the wrong item?).
jeslyn_nighthawk More than 1 year ago
This probably has a pretty decent translation, but this book is not the content that is listed on the website. It only has "The Birds", "The Frogs" and "The Clouds." I was looking for an edition that had Birds and Peace, and obviously this seemed like a good choice. Until they update the table of contents, I would not recommend this edition.