Frogs

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Among extant Greek comedies, the Frogs is unique for the light it throws on classical Greek attitudes to tragedy and to literature in general. Sir Kenneth Dover's authoritative edition, which drew together the relevant scholarship in a full introduction and extensive commentary, has been the most comprehensive edition available. The general purpose and character of this abridged version remains the same: to provide a helpful guide for students who wish to translate the play or need to interpret it for ...
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Overview

Among extant Greek comedies, the Frogs is unique for the light it throws on classical Greek attitudes to tragedy and to literature in general. Sir Kenneth Dover's authoritative edition, which drew together the relevant scholarship in a full introduction and extensive commentary, has been the most comprehensive edition available. The general purpose and character of this abridged version remains the same: to provide a helpful guide for students who wish to translate the play or need to interpret it for performance. In this edition nothing relevant to the performance of the play on stage has been sacrificed, while information on manuscripts and discussion of the history of the text have been pared to a minimum, and arguments on metrical analysis and other controversial points have been abbreviated. A few conclusions reached in the original edition have been changed in the light of the work done by other scholars since 1993. The inclusion of a vocabulary should reduce the need for students to have recourse to a lexicon.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198150053
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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Aristophanes (English pronunciation: /ˌærɨˈstɒfəniːz/; Ancient Greek: [aristopʰánɛːs]; Ἀριστοφάνης, ca. 446 BC – ca. 386 BC), son of Philippus, of the deme Cydathenaus, was a comic playwright of ancient Athens. Eleven of his 40 plays survive virtually complete. These, together with fragments of some of his other plays, provide the only real examples of a genre of comic drama known as Old Comedy, and they are in fact used to define the genre.
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Bibliography
Introduction 1
I Aristophanes 1
II Composition and Structure of the Play 6
III The Contest of Aeschylus and Euripides 10
1 The Issues 10
2 Literary Criticism and Popular Culture 24
IV Dionysos 37
V Xanthias 43
VI The Doorkeeper of the Underworld 50
VII The Choruses 55
VIII Politics 69
IX History of the Text 76
1 Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts 76
2 Ancient Commentators 94
3 Indirect Tradition 102
X Production 104
Metrical Symbols 107
Sigla Codicum 110
Hypotheses 113
Dramatis Personae 118
Text 119
Commentary 191
Addenda 385
Indexes 387
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