Four Plays by Aristophanes: The Birds; The Clouds; The Frogs; Lysistrata

Four Plays by Aristophanes: The Birds; The Clouds; The Frogs; Lysistrata

by Aristophanes
     
 

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In Lysistrata a band of women tap into the awesome power of sex in order to end a war. The darker comedy of The Clouds satirizes Athenian philosophers, Socrates in particular, and reflects the uncertainties of a generation in which all traditional religious and ethical beliefs were being challenged.

Overview

In Lysistrata a band of women tap into the awesome power of sex in order to end a war. The darker comedy of The Clouds satirizes Athenian philosophers, Socrates in particular, and reflects the uncertainties of a generation in which all traditional religious and ethical beliefs were being challenged.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452007178
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1984
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
602,676
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 7.96(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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 Plays, Lysistrata and Other Plays, and The Wasps/The Poet and the Women/The Frogs.

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