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The career of Aristophanes as a writer of comedies lasted forty years, from 427 to c. 386. At least forty plays were attributed to him in antiquity, eleven of which survived into the Middle Ages and thus to our own day: the earliest of these eleven is Acharnians(425) and the last Wealth(388). Clouds was produced in 423, and was placed by the judges third of the three plays competing at the City Dionysia that year.
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Since the appearance of Sommerstein's very successful literal translation less than twenty years ago, there have been at least five further new published attempts at rendering the play into English. It is certainly a bold enterprise to introduce yet one more translation onto the scene, but Peter Meineck has risen well to the challenge. The translation is straightforward and idiomatic, as well as well-paced and funny. . . Ian Storey’s Introduction is perfect for undergraduates. --Max Nelson, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

An excellent translation, ideal for undergraduates. Readable and entertaining to a modern audience, Meineck doesn't make the fatal mistake of translating the humor with modern cultural equivalents--a mistake that has dated within years other translations of Aristophanes. Excellent notes and an outstanding introduction to Greek Comedy, Aristophanes, and Clouds by Ian Storey coupled with the superb translation will make this the edition to use in teaching for many years to come. --James A. Francis, University of Kentucky

Ian Storey's helpful 41-page introduction clearly introduces Greekless students to Old Comedy, to Aristophanes, to what is known of how it was produced, to the literary structure of Old Comedy, to problems of interpreting Aristophanes, and to the Clouds itself. The translation aims to serve 'both as a tool for the effective execution of onstage comedy and as an accurate reflection of the Greek.' With its excellent, well-chosen notes, helpful bibliography, and its affordable paperback format, the Meineck translation is clear, readable, appropriately accurate. It earns high marks also for cost-effectiveness. --E. M. Macierowski, Benedictine College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198143956
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1989
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 4.75 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Meineck is Clinical Associate Professor of Classics, New York University, and Artistic Director of the Aquila Theatre Company.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Diagram of the Stage xlii
Translator's Preface xliii
Cast of Characters 2
Clouds 3
Endnotes 101
Appendix The First Version of Clouds 115
Further Reading 120
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2001

    Classic Classical Commentary

    I have never written a review on this or any other website, but felt a compulsion while searching for a book, having just finished reading this ed. of 'Clouds', so good it was. -Dovers edition of the clouds is the best (Enlish) commentary on Greek lit. I've come across in the short time I studied Greek, it has been a great interperative tool, a enriching study, and a joy to read. It has and will serve many students, laypersons (and scholars) to come, that is if classical greek weathers these tumultous times. -Those seeking to put Socrates in his 'proper' historical context will find an invaluable resource in this book. -Many will disagree, especially when the 'heroic' Socrates is reckoned into the bargin, but I personaly feel the author is a bit hostile towards comedy. Yet this does not really detract from the work, and he's far more objectibe than most other scholars in regard to Socrates. -As a second year greek student I found the commentary both illucidating and approachable. Not in the least overly pedantic. Great book! My only caveat is you can't easily obtain a new hardback edition, but such is the state of 'higher' education. So if your have more than a passing interest greek litterature ,don't forego this great work.

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