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Works: 1,206 works in 4,560 publications in 12 languages and 71,144 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Comedy plays  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Trials, litigation, etc  Trial and arbitral proceedings  Fiction  Satyr plays  Humor  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Creator, Bibliographic antecedent, Librettist, Other, Honoree, Composer
Classifications: PA3877, 882.01
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Aristophanes
Lysistrata by Aristophanes( Book )

43 editions published between 1898 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 2,761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristophanes' comic masterpiece of war and sex remains one of the greatest plays ever written. Led by the title character, the women of the warring city-states of Greece agree to withhold sexual favours with their husbands until they agree to cease fighting. The war of the sexes that ensues makes 'Lysistrata' a comedy without peer in the history of theatre. -- Publisher's description
The clouds by Aristophanes( Book )

31 editions published between 1838 and 2017 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 2,086 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Clouds" vigorously bares the folly of the old and new morality and ends hilariously with Strepsiades thrashed by his newly educated son -- while the old god Hermes has the last word. The play is set in the Athens of the 5th century B.C., where men have forgotten the gods and turned to rhetoric and dreams. Aristophanes ridicules the degenerate old order as well as the Sophistic new. -- From publisher's description
The frogs by Aristophanes( Book )

40 editions published between 1839 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Losing all faith in humanity, and their basest incarnation, the tragedians, Dionysos, god of the theatre, vows to go to the underworld to revive the greatest tragedian of all, the barely cold Euripides, who had died the year before. Enlisting his servant Xanthias, and asking his half brother Herakles for directions, Dionysos sets off to Hades' Halls, only to find Euripides engaged in a contest with Aeschylus, as to who was the greatest of them all. Dionysos sets himself the task of judging their weighty words, but more often than not these tragedians make him the butt of their jokes. 'Frogs' is a wonderful mix of the living and the dead, of the tragic and the comic
The Acharnians by Aristophanes( Book )

20 editions published between 1876 and 2017 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 1,303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing at the time of political and social crisis in Athens, Aristophanes was an eloquent yet bawdy challenger to the demagogue and the sophist. The Achanians is a plea for peace set against the background of the long war with Sparta
The wasps by Aristophanes( Book )

40 editions published between 1835 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 1,146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A farce dealing with the antics of the Athenian jurors
Peace by Aristophanes( Book )

13 editions published between 1873 and 2017 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The plot concerns the flight to heaven on a monstrous dung beetle by a war-weary farmer, Trygaeus (“Vintager”), who searches for the lost goddess Peace only to discover that the God of War has buried her in a pit
Ecclesiazusae by Aristophanes( Book )

14 editions published between 1905 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ecclesiazusae, probably produced in 391 BC, is at once a typically Aristophanic fantasy of gender inversion, obscenity and farce, the earliest surviving work in the western Utopian tradition, and the source of a blueprint for a communist society on which Plato may well have drawn in his Republic
The congresswomen (Ecclesiazusae) by Aristophanes( Book )

14 editions published between 1967 and 2016 in English and held by 789 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The women of Athens gather to sneak into the congress and vote the men out of office. The Congresswomen is bawdy, slapstick, and wildly funny - but it is also pointed. Aristophanes pokes fun at his own Utopian vision, but he is really concerned with the enjoyment of life. He adds to this enjoyment not only by lampooning all of society but also by reminding of the delights of love, food, and peace. - from inside cover
The birds by Aristophanes( Book )

19 editions published between 1839 and 2017 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comedy by the Ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes. It was performed in 414 BC at the City Dionysia where it won second place. It has been acclaimed by modern critics as a perfectly realized fantasy remarkable for its mimicry of birds and for the gaiety of its songs
The eleven comedies by Aristophanes( Book )

10 editions published between 1932 and 2011 in English and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who have not yet experienced these literary masterworks. For those who have known and loved these works in the past, this is an invitation to reunite with old friends in a fresh new format. From Shakespeare's finesse to Oscar Wilde's wit, this unique collection brings together works as diverse and influential as The Pilgrim s Progress and Othello. As an anthology that invites readers to immerse themselves in the masterpieces of the literary giants, it is must-have addition to any library
Wealth by Aristophanes( )

9 editions published in 2001 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume is the first edition with commentary since 1907 of Aristophanes' last surviving play, in which, as so often before, an audacious and imaginative hero finds a miraculous remedy for the all-too-real ills of the contemporary world - in this case the concentration of wealth in the hands of those who don't deserve it at the expense of those who do. To achieve this he needs the aid of no less than three gods, and the play contains the fullest single surviving account of a visit to a sanctuary of the healing god Asclepius."--Jacket
The wasps ; The poet and the women ; The frogs by Aristophanes( Book )

1 edition published in 1964 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wasps - The poet and the women - The frogs; Aristophanes was the last and greatest of the Old Attic Comedians - Today much of the humour and fantasy seems oddly contemporary
The Plutus of Aristophanes by Aristophanes( Book )

57 editions published between 1847 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristophane by Aristófanes( Book )

87 editions published between 1923 and 1987 in 5 languages and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The trials of Socrates : six classic texts by Plato( Book )

7 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lampooned in 406 B.C.E. in a blistering Aristophanic satire, Socrates was tried in 399 B.C.E. on a charge of corrupting the youth, convicted by a jury of about five hundred of his peers, and condemned to death. Glimpsed today through the extant writings of his contemporaries and near-contemporaries, he remains for us as compelling, enigmatic, and elusive a figure as Jesus or Buddha. Although present-day (like ancient Greek) opinion on the real Socrates diverges widely, six classic texts that any informed judgment of him must take into account appear together, for the first time, in this volume. Those of Plato and Xenophon appear in new, previously unpublished translations that combine accuracy, accessibility, and readability; that of Aristophanes' Clouds offers these same qualities in an unbowdlerized translation that captures brilliantly the bite of Aristophanes' wit. An Introduction to each text and judicious footnotes provide crucial background information and important cross-references.--Publisher's description
Knights by Aristophanes( )

10 editions published between 1901 and 2017 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the first play he produced on his own behalf, Aristophanes launched a violent attack on Cleon, the leading politician of the day, on the whole style of leadership that he represented and on a system which seemed to guarantee that a bad leader could be displaced by a worse. Text with facing translation, commentary and notes
Four plays by Aristophanes( Book )

13 editions published between 1907 and 2010 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Classic Greek plays offer a caricature of Socrates, a flawed utopia, a clever plan to gain peace, and a debate between deceased playwrights
The birds : & the frogs by Aristophanes( Book )

12 editions published between 1927 and 2016 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristophanis Comoediae by Aristophanes( Book )

22 editions published between 1783 and 1952 in Greek, Ancient and Latin and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fragments by Aristophanes( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The eleven plays by Aristophanes that have come down to us intact brilliantly illuminate the eventful period spanned by his forty-year career, beginning with the first production in 427 BCE. But the Athenians knew much more of his work: over forty plays by Aristophanes were read in antiquity, of which nearly a thousand fragments survive. These provide a fuller picture of the poet's ever astonishing comic vitality and a wealth of information and insights about his world. Jeffrey Henderson's new widely acclaimed Loeb edition of Aristophanes is completed by this volume containing what survives from, and about, his lost plays, hitherto inaccessible to the non-specialist, and incorporating the enormous scholarly advances that have been achieved in recent years
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The Acharnians
The cloudsThe frogsThe AcharniansThe waspsPeaceEcclesiazusaeThe birdsWealth
Alternative Names



Aristofane, ca. 448-380 v.Chr.


Aristofanes, ca. 448-380 v.Chr.


Aristophane, ca. 448-380 v.Chr.

Aristophanes Comic.

Aristophanes Comicus

Aristophanes, Comicus clarissimus Graecus, ca. 448-380 v.Chr.

Aristophanos, poeta comicus, ca. 448-380 v.Chr.



Arisztophanész, ca. 448-380 v.Chr.







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