Birds, Peace, Wealth: Aristophanes' Critique of the Gods

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These three comedies provoke searching reflections on the religious nature of humanity: What are the psychological sources of piety? What is longed for in and through piety? What would a god need to be, to truly provide what our humanity seeks from divinity?

Aristophanes has been said to recreate the life of ancient Athens more convincingly than any other author.

Thomas Lee Pangle holds the Joe R. Long Chair ...

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Overview

These three comedies provoke searching reflections on the religious nature of humanity: What are the psychological sources of piety? What is longed for in and through piety? What would a god need to be, to truly provide what our humanity seeks from divinity?

Aristophanes has been said to recreate the life of ancient Athens more convincingly than any other author.

Thomas Lee Pangle holds the Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies at the University of Texas.

Wayne Ambler is associate professor in the Herbst Program of Humanities for Engineers at the University of Colorado.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589880788
  • Publisher: Dry, Paul Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/12/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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Aristophanes was a prolific and much acclaimed comic playwright of ancient Athens. Eleven of his forty plays survive virtually complete. Aristophanes has been said to recreate the life of ancient Athens more convincingly than any other author.

Thomas Lee Pangle (born 1944) is an American political scientist. He currently holds the Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin and from 1979 to 2004 was University Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

Wayne Ambler is Associate Professor and Faculty member of the Herbst Program of Humanities for Engineers. His PhD is in political science, but he has taught in departments of history, classics, and literature.

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