Volume I, Acharnians. Knights (Loeb Classical Library)

Volume I, Acharnians. Knights (Loeb Classical Library)

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Volume I, Acharnians. Knights (Loeb Classical Library)

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780674995673
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Series: Loeb Classical Library Series , #178
Edition description: 1st printing/1st pub.1997/index
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Henderson is William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of Greek Language and Literature at Boston University. He is General Editor of the Loeb Classical Library®.

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