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Aristophanes : peace

Author: Ian C Storey
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2019. ©2019
Series: Bloomsbury ancient comedy companions.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the first volume dedicated to Aristophanes' comedy Peace that analyses the play for a student audience and assumes no knowledge of Greek. It launches a much-needed new series of books each discussing a comedy that survives from the ancient world. Six chapters highlight the play's context, themes, staging and legacy including its response to contemporary wartime politics and the possible staging options for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Storey, Ian Christopher, 1946-
Aristophanes.
London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2019
(DLC) 2018024990
(OCoLC)1041234240
Named Person: Aristophanes.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ian C Storey
ISBN: 9781350020245 1350020249
OCLC Number: 1079003929
Description: 1 online resource (x, 177 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Old comedy, Aristophanes, and a play about peace --
Peace as an old comedy --
Peace and its historical background --
Themes and motifs in Peace --
Staging Peace --
Peace: poets, plays and posterity --
Appendix: was there "another Peace?"
Series Title: Bloomsbury ancient comedy companions.
Responsibility: Ian C. Storey.

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This is the first volume dedicated to Aristophanes' comedy Peace that analyses the play for a student audience and assumes no knowledge of Greek. It launches a much-needed new series of books each discussing a comedy that survives from the ancient world. Six chapters highlight the play's context, themes, staging and legacy including its response to contemporary wartime politics and the possible staging options for flying. It is ideal for students, but helpful also for scholars wanting a quick introduction to the play. Peace was first performed in 421 BC, perhaps only days before the signing of a peace treaty that ended ten years of fighting between Athens and Sparta (the Archidamian War). Aristophanes celebrates this prospect with an imaginative fantasy involving his hero's flight on a gigantic dung-beetle to Olympus, the rescue of the goddess Peace from her imprisonment in a cave, and her return to a Greece weary of ten years of war. Like most of the poet's comedies, this play is heavy on fantasy and imagination, light on formal structure, being an exuberant farce that champions the opponents of War and celebrates the delights of the return to country life with its smells, food and drink, its many pleasures and none of the complications that war brings in its wake.

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An affordable and informative handbook ... that effectively sets out the historical context and textual complexity of one of Aristophanes' more sincerely absurd comedies. * Classics for All * Read more...

 
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