Lysistrata and Other Plays

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"Writing at a time of political and social crisis in Athens, Aristophanes (c. 447-c. 385 B.C.) was an eloquent, yet bawdy, challenger to the demagogue and the sophist. In Lysistrata and The Acharnians, two pleas for an end to the long war between Athens and Sparta, a band of women and a lone peasant respectively defeat the political establishment. 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
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Overview

"Writing at a time of political and social crisis in Athens, Aristophanes (c. 447-c. 385 B.C.) was an eloquent, yet bawdy, challenger to the demagogue and the sophist. In Lysistrata and The Acharnians, two pleas for an end to the long war between Athens and Sparta, a band of women and a lone peasant respectively defeat the political establishment. 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." For this edition Alan Sommerstein has completely revised his translation of the three plays, bringing out the full nuances of Aristophanes' ribald humour and intricate word play, with a new introduction explaining the historical and cultural background to the plays.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140448146
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 90,473
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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.

Alan H. Sommerstein is head of the classics department at Nottingham.

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Table of Contents


Lysistrata and Other Plays Chronology
Introduction
Further Reading
Translator's Note
Note on the Text

Preface to The Acharnians
THE ACHARNIANS
Preface to The Clouds
THE CLOUDS
Preface to Lysistrata
LYSISTRATA

Notes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    very witty reading

    this book was very witty and easy to read. it gave great reference for the greek period

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2005

    Gut-busting Greek comedy

    Aristophanes' Lysistrada is a timeless comedy that is likely to make even the modern reader blush. Not for the easily offended, Lysistrada is quite a feat from one of the earliest Greek comedic playwrights (Aristophanes was a colleague of Aeschylus). Simply hilarious!!

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