ISBN-10:
0674995678
ISBN-13:
9780674995673
Pub. Date:
09/01/1998
Publisher:
Harvard
Acharnians. Knights

Acharnians. Knights

by AristophanesAristophanes
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Overview

Aristophanes of Athens (ca. 446–386 BCE), one of the world's greatest comic dramatists, has been admired since antiquity for his iridescent wit and beguiling fantasy, exuberant language, and brilliant satire of the social, intellectual, and political life of Athens at its height. He wrote at least forty plays, of which eleven have survived complete. In this new Loeb Classical Library edition of Aristophanes, Jeffrey Henderson presents a freshly edited Greek text and a lively, unexpurgated translation with full explanatory notes.

The general introduction that begins Volume I reviews Aristophanes' career and brings current scholarly insights to bear on the intriguing question of the comic poet as a political force. In Acharnians a small landowner, tired of the Peloponnesian War, magically arranges a personal peace treaty and, borrowing a disguise from Euripides, demonstrates the injustice of the war in a contest with the bellicose Acharnians. Also in this volume is Knights, perhaps the most biting satire of a political figure (Cleon) ever written.

Editorial Reviews

New Criterion - Donald Lyons

Henderson's sound texts and plain translations give us exactly the Aristophanes we need: a reliable prose waiting to be quickened into poetic life by the reader's imagination, laughter, and amazement.

Bryn Mawr Classical Review - Ian C. Storey

Henderson, who may fairly be considered the leading Aristophanic scholar in North America, has now...provided us with both a useful text and idiomatic...translation. It is certainly a work that scholars may use with confidence and may recommend to their students.

Greece and Rome - Stephen Halliwell

Henderson's translation keeps close to the Greek, but successfully manages to indicate something of Aristophanes' linguistic diversity; it has been carried off with admirable crispness...A highly welcome addition to the Loeb Library.

Classical World - S. Douglas Olson

It is accordingly a pleasure to note the appearance of the first of what will be four new Loeb volumes of Aristophanes…this is an important edition of a major Greek author and an absolute "must-buy" for all college and university libraries.

The New Criterion

Henderson's sound texts and plain translations give us exactly the Aristophanes we need: a reliable prose waiting to be quickened into poetic life by the reader's imagination, laughter, and amazement.
— Donald Lyons

Classical World

It is accordingly a pleasure to note the appearance of the first of what will be four new Loeb volumes of Aristophanes…this is an important edition of a major Greek author and an absolute "must-buy" for all college and university libraries.
— S. Douglas Olson

Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Henderson, who may fairly be considered the leading Aristophanic scholar in North America, has now...provided us with both a useful text and idiomatic...translation. It is certainly a work that scholars may use with confidence and may recommend to their students.
— Ian C. Storey

Greece and Rome

Henderson's translation keeps close to the Greek, but successfully manages to indicate something of Aristophanes' linguistic diversity; it has been carried off with admirable crispness...A highly welcome addition to the Loeb Library.
— Stephen Halliwell

New Criterion

Henderson's sound texts and plain translations give us exactly the Aristophanes we need: a reliable prose waiting to be quickened into poetic life by the reader's imagination, laughter, and amazement.
— Donald Lyons

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674995673
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/01/1998
Series: Loeb Classical Library , #178
Edition description: 1st printing/1st pub.1997/index
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.38(h) x 0.96(d)

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