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Birds is generally recognized as one of Aristophanes' masterpieces, for its imaginative plot (it is the source of the word 'Cloudcuckooland') and its charming and original lyrics. This is an abridgement of the widely acclaimed full-length edition of Birds, published in 1995, which was the first comprehensive edition in any language. The abridged version retains all the material designed to help the less advanced or less specialist student of Greek to translate, understand, and enjoy the play. It preserves the ...
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Birds is generally recognized as one of Aristophanes' masterpieces, for its imaginative plot (it is the source of the word 'Cloudcuckooland') and its charming and original lyrics. This is an abridgement of the widely acclaimed full-length edition of Birds, published in 1995, which was the first comprehensive edition in any language. The abridged version retains all the material designed to help the less advanced or less specialist student of Greek to translate, understand, and enjoy the play. It preserves the notes on staging, but the metrical, textual, and ornithological problems are dealt with more summarily, and purely illustrative parallels are omitted. The Introduction covers more concisely the same ground as that of the full-length edition, but omits the detailed discussions of the individual manuscripts and their interrelations.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781499181340
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/18/2014
  • Pages: 84
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.17 (d)

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Aristophanes (c. 446 BC - c. 386 BC), son of Philippus, of the deme Cydathenaeum, was a comic playwright of ancient Athens. Eleven of his thirty 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 used to define the genre. Also known as the Father of Comedy and the Prince of Ancient Comedy, Aristophanes has been said to recreate the life of ancient Athens more convincingly than any other author. His powers of ridicule were feared and acknowledged by influential contemporaries; Plato singled out Aristophanes' play The Clouds as slander that contributed to the trial and subsequent condemning to death of Socrates although other satirical playwrights had also caricatured the philosopher. His second play, The Babylonians (now lost), was denounced by the demagogue Cleon as a slander against the Athenian polis. It is possible that the case was argued in court but details of the trial are not recorded and Aristophanes caricatured Cleon mercilessly in his subsequent plays, especially The Knights, the first of many plays that he directed himself. "In my opinion," he says through the Chorus in that play, "the author-director of comedies has the hardest job of all."
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Introduction; Hypotheses; Greek Text; Commentary

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!

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