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The knights ; [and], Peace ; [and], The birds ; [and], The assemblywomen ; [and], Wealth

Author: Aristophanes.; David Barrett; Alan H Sommerstein
Publisher: Harmondsworth ; New York [etc.] : Penguin, 1978.
Series: Penguin classics.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Aristophanes is the only surviving representative of Greek Old Comedy, the exuberant, satirical form of festival drama which flourished during the heyday of classical Athenian culture in the fifth century BC. His plays are characterized by extraordinary combinations of fantasy and satire, sophistication and vulgarity, formality and freedom. Birds is an escapist fantasy in which two dissatisfied Athenians, in  Read more...
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Aristophanes.
Knights ; [and], Peace ; [and], the birds ; [and], the assemblywomen ; [and], Wealth.
Harmondsworth ; New York : Penguin, 1978
(OCoLC)647235451
Named Person: Aristophanes; Aristophanes.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Aristophanes.; David Barrett; Alan H Sommerstein
ISBN: 0140443320 9780140443325
OCLC Number: 5288415
Description: 335 p. ; 18 cm.
Contents: The knights ---
Peace ---
The birds ---
The assemblywomen ---
Wealth.
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Other Titles: Knights.
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Responsibility: [by] Aristophanes ; translated [from the Greek] by David Barrett and Alan H. Sommerstein.

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Aristophanes is the only surviving representative of Greek Old Comedy, the exuberant, satirical form of festival drama which flourished during the heyday of classical Athenian culture in the fifth century BC. His plays are characterized by extraordinary combinations of fantasy and satire, sophistication and vulgarity, formality and freedom. Birds is an escapist fantasy in which two dissatisfied Athenians, in defiance of men and gods, bring about a city of birds, the eponymous Cloudcuckooland. In Lysistrata the heroine of the play organizes a sex-strike and the wives of Athens occupy the Akropolis in an attempt to restore peace to the city. The main source of comedy in the Assembly-Women is a similar usurpation of male power as the women attempt to reform Athenian society along utopian-communist lines. Finally, Wealth is Aristophanes' last surviving comedy, in which Ploutos, the god of wealth is cured of his blindness and the remarkable social consequences of his new discrimination are exemplified.

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