The Frogs

The Frogs

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by Aristophanes
     
 

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The Frogs is a comedy written by the Ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes. The Frogs tells the story of the god Dionysus, despairing of the state of Athens' tragedians, and allegedly recovering from the disastrous Battle of Arginusae. He travels to Hades to bring Euripides back from the dead. He brings along his slave Xanthias, who is smarter, stronger, more rational…  See more details below

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The Frogs is a comedy written by the Ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes. The Frogs tells the story of the god Dionysus, despairing of the state of Athens' tragedians, and allegedly recovering from the disastrous Battle of Arginusae. He travels to Hades to bring Euripides back from the dead. He brings along his slave Xanthias, who is smarter, stronger, more rational, more prudent, and braver than Dionysus. The play opens as Xanthias and Dionysus argue over what kind of complaints Xanthias can use to open the play comically. To find a reliable path to Tartarus, Dionysus seeks advice from his half-brother Heracles who had been there before in order to retrieve the hell hound Cerberus. At the question of which road is quickest to get to Hades, Heracles replies with the options of hanging yourself, drinking poison, or jumping off a tower. Dionysus opts for the longer journey across a lake.

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"A brilliant introduction....The commentary is full and fresh...and includes help with translation, full metrical analyses, and plenty of visualization of the play in performance. Altogether a joy!"—Greece and Rome

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ISBN-13:
9781105986505
Publisher:
Lulu.com
Publication date:
01/12/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
459 KB

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Little is known about Aristophanes' life (c. 445BC-c.386BC), but there is a portrait of him in Plato's Symposium. His first comedy was produced when he was 20 and he wrote 40 plays in the course of his life.

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