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Aristophanes: Frogs and Other Plays

Aristophanes: Frogs and Other Plays

A new verse translation, with introduction and notes

  • Author: Aristophanes
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0191066249
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 368
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Aristophanes is the only surviving representative of Greek Old Comedy, an exuberant form of festival drama which flourished in Athens during the fifth century BC. One of the most original playwrights in the entire Western tradition, his comedies are remarkable for their brilliant combination of fantasy and satire, their constantly inventive manipulation of language, and their use of absurd characters and plots to expose his society's institutions and values to the bracing challenge of laughter. This vibrant collection of verse translations of Aristophanes' works combines historical accuracy with a sensitive attempt to capture the rich dramatic and literary qualities of Aristophanic comedy. The volume presents Clouds, with its famous caricature of the philosopher Socrates; Women at the Thesmophoria (or Thesmophoriazusae), a work which mixes elaborate parody of tragedy with a great deal of transvestite burlesque; and Frogs, in which the dead tragedians Aeschylus and Euripides engage in a vituperative contest of 'literary criticism' of each other's plays. Featuring expansive introductions to each play and detailed explanatory notes, the volume also includes an illuminating appendix, which provides information and selected fragments from the lost plays of Aristophanes.

Frogs and Other Plays

Frogs and Other Plays

  • Author: Aristophanes
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141935774
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 288
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The master of ancient Greek comic drama, Aristophanes combined slapstick, humour and cheerful vulgarity with acute political observations. In The Frogs, written during the Peloponnesian War, Dionysus descends to the Underworld to bring back a poet who can help Athens in its darkest hour, and stages a great debate to help him decide between the traditional wisdom of Aeschylus and the brilliant modernity of Euripides. The clash of generations and values is also the object of Aristophanes’ satire in The Wasps, in which an old-fashioned father and his loose-living son come to blows and end up in court. And in The Poet and the Women, Euripides, accused of misogyny, persuades a relative to infiltrate an all-women festival to find out whether revenge is being plotted against him.

The Frogs

The Frogs

  • Author: Aristophanes
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors via PublishDrive
  • ISBN: 150801311X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 100
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Aristophanes was one of the Ancient Greeks' most famous playwrights, and some of his works survived to the modern day, including this one.

Classical Comedy

Classical Comedy

  • Author: Erich Segal
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0140449825
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 289
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Brings together the works of Classical comedy, with two early Greek plays: Aristophanes' Birds, and Menander's The Girl from Samos; and two Roman comic plays: Plautus' The Brothers Menaechmus and Terence's double love-plot, The Eunuch. Together, these four plays demonstrate the development of Classical comedy.

Greek Lyric Poetry

Greek Lyric Poetry

The Poems and Fragments of the Greek Iambic, Elegiac, and Melic Poets (Excluding Pindar and Bacchylides) Down to 450 BC

  • Author: M. L. West
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 9780192836786
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 212
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The Greek lyric, elegiac, and iambic poets of the two centuries from 650 to 450 BC - Archilochus and Alcman, Sappho and Mimnermus, Anacreon, Simonides, and the rest - produced some of the finest poetry of antiquity, perfect in form, spontaneous in expression, reflecting all the joys and anxieties of their personal lives and of the societies in which they lived. This new poetic translation by a leading expert captures the nuances of meaning and the whole spirit of this poetry as never before. It is not merely a selection but covers all the surviving poems and intelligible fragments, apart from the works of Pindar and Bacchylides, and includes a number of pieces not previously translated. The Introduction gives a brief account of the poets, and explanatory Notes on the texts will be found at the end.

Speeches from Athenian Law

Speeches from Athenian Law

  • Author: Michael Gagarin
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • ISBN: 0292745001
  • Category: History
  • Page: 408
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This is the sixteenth volume in the Oratory of Classical Greece. This series presents all of the surviving speeches from the late fifth and fourth centuries BC in new translations prepared by classical scholars who are at the forefront of the discipline. These translations are especially designed for the needs and interests of today's undergraduates, Greekless scholars in other disciplines, and the general public. Classical oratory is an invaluable resource for the study of ancient Greek life and culture. The speeches offer evidence on Greek moral views, social and economic conditions, political and social ideology, law and legal procedure, and other aspects of Athenian culture that have recently been attracting particular interest: women and family life, slavery, and religion, to name just a few. This volume assembles twenty-two speeches previously published in the Oratory series. The speeches are taken from a wide range of different kinds of cases—homicide, assault, commercial law, civic status, sexual offenses, and others—and include many of the best-known speeches in these areas. They are Antiphon, Speeches 1, 2, 5, and 6; Lysias 1, 3, 23, 24, and 32; Isocrates 17, 20; Isaeus 1, 7, 8; Hyperides 3; Demosthenes 27, 35, 54, 55, 57, and 59; and Aeschines 1. The volume is intended primarily for use in teaching courses in Greek law or related areas such as Greek history. It also provides the introductions and notes that originally accompanied the individual speeches, revised slightly to shift the focus onto law.

Birds and Other Plays

Birds and Other Plays

  • Author: Aristophanes,Stephen Halliwell
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 9780192824080
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 297
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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. This is the first complete verse translation of Aristophanes' comedies to appear for more than twenty-five years and makes freshly available one of the most remarkable comic playwrights in the entire Western tradition, complete with an illuminating introduction including play by play analysis and detailed notes.

Rome and the Mysterious Orient

Rome and the Mysterious Orient

Three Plays by Plautus

  • Author: Plautus
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520938229
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 302
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Still funny after two thousand years, the Roman playwright Plautus wrote around 200 B.C.E., a period when Rome was fighting neighbors on all fronts, including North Africa and the Near East. These three plays—originally written for a wartime audience of refugees, POWs, soldiers and veterans, exiles, immigrants, people newly enslaved in the wars, and citizens—tap into the mix of fear, loathing, and curiosity with which cultures, particularly Western and Eastern cultures, often view each other, always a productive source of comedy. These current, accessible, and accurate translations have replaced terms meaningful only to their original audience, such as references to Roman gods, with a hilarious, inspired sampling of American popular culture—from songs to movie stars to slang. Matching the original Latin line for line, this volume captures the full exuberance of Plautus's street language, bursting with puns, learned allusions, ethnic slurs, dirty jokes, and profanities, as it brings three rarely translated works—Weevil (Curculio), Iran Man (Persa), and Towelheads (Poenulus)—to a wide contemporary audience. Richlin's erudite introduction sets these plays within the context of the long history of East-West conflict and illuminates the role played by comedy and performance in imperialism and colonialism. She has also provided detailed and wide-ranging contextual introductions to the individual plays, as well as extensive notes, which, together with these superb and provocative translations, will bring Plautus alive for a new generation of readers and actors.

The Birds and Other Plays

The Birds and Other Plays

  • Author: Aristophanes
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
  • ISBN: 1427073252
  • Category: Antiques & Collectibles
  • Page: 328
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Books for All Kinds of Readers ReadHowYouWant offers the widest selection of on-demand, accessible format editions on the market today. Each edition has been optimized for maximum readability, using our patent-pending conversion technology. We are partnering with leading publishers around the globe to create accessible editions of their titles. Our goal is to have accessible editions simultaneously released with publishers' new books so that all readers can have access to the books they want to readtoday.

Menander

Menander

  • Author: Menandros
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780674991477
  • Category:
  • Page: 526
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The Birds and Other Plays

The Birds and Other Plays

  • Author: Aristophanes
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141913223
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 336
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The plays in this volume all contain Aristophanes' trademark bawdy comedy and dazzling verbal agility. In THE BIRDS, two frustrated Athenians join the birds to build the utopian city of 'Much Cuckoo in the Clouds'. THE KNIGHTS is a venomous satire on Cleon, a prominent Athenian demagogue, while THE ASSEMBLY WOMEN deals with the battle of the sexes as the women of Athens infiltrate the all-male Assembly in disguise. The lengthy conflict with Sparta is the subject of PEACE, inspired by the hope of a settlement in 421 BC, and WEALTH reflects on the economic catastrophe that hit Athens after the war.

Four Comedies

Four Comedies

  • Author: Titus Maccius Plautus,Erich Segal
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 9780192838964
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 242
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Plautus was the single greatest influence on Western comedy. Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors and Moliere's The Miser are two subsequent classics directly based on Plautine originals. Plautus himself borrowed from the Greeks, but his jokes, rapid dialogue, bawdy humour, and irreverent characterizations are the original work of an undisputed genius. The comedies printed here show him at his best, and professor Segal's translations keep their fast, rollicking pace intact, making these the most readable and actable versions available. His introduction considers Plautus' place in ancient comedy, examines his continuing influence, and celebrates his power to entertain.

Two Novels from Ancient Greece

Two Novels from Ancient Greece

Chariton's Callirhoe and Xenophon of Ephesos' An Ephesian Story: Anthia and Habrocomes

  • Author: Stephen Trzaskoma
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing
  • ISBN: 160384340X
  • Category:
  • Page: 236
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These new translations of the earliest preserved novels in ancient Greek offer us a glimpse of the beginning of prose fiction in the western world. Their plots feature beautiful young lovers struggling in unlikely circumstances against impossible odds -- with an ultimately happy result.

The Hedgehog and the Fox

The Hedgehog and the Fox

An Essay on Tolstoy’s View of History, Second Edition

  • Author: Isaiah Berlin
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 1400846633
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 144
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"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." This ancient Greek aphorism, preserved in a fragment from the poet Archilochus, describes the central thesis of Isaiah Berlin's masterly essay on Leo Tolstoy and the philosophy of history, the subject of the epilogue to War and Peace. Although there have been many interpretations of the adage, Berlin uses it to mark a fundamental distinction between human beings who are fascinated by the infinite variety of things and those who relate everything to a central, all-embracing system. Applied to Tolstoy, the saying illuminates a paradox that helps explain his philosophy of history: Tolstoy was a fox, but believed in being a hedgehog. One of Berlin's most celebrated works, this extraordinary essay offers profound insights about Tolstoy, historical understanding, and human psychology. This new edition features a revised text that supplants all previous versions, English translations of the many passages in foreign languages, a new foreword in which Berlin biographer Michael Ignatieff explains the enduring appeal of Berlin's essay, and a new appendix that provides rich context, including excerpts from reviews and Berlin's letters, as well as a startling new interpretation of Archilochus's epigram.

Bacchai

Bacchai

  • Author: Colin Teevan
  • Publisher: Oberon Books
  • ISBN: 1849436142
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 96
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Dionysos, the God of wine and theatre has returned to his native land to take revenge on the puritanical Pentheus who refuses to recognise him of his rites. Remorselessly, savagely and with black humour, the God drives Pentheus and all the city to their shocking fate. Limelight after decades of anonymity. This version was specially commissioned by the National Theatre for a production in May 2002, directed by Sir Peter Hall and scored by Sir Harrison Birtwhistle.

Lysistrata

Lysistrata

  • Author: Aristophanes
  • Publisher: The Floating Press
  • ISBN: 1775458105
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 109
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One of the few plays that survived intact from the heyday of ancient Grecian drama, Lysistrata is an enormously influential work of satirical comedy. In order to bring an end to a destructive and never-ending war, the women of Greece take a temporary vow of chastity, pledging to remain abstinent until the conflict ends. As can be expected, mayhem -- and hilarity -- ensues.

Aesop's Fables

Aesop's Fables

  • Author: Geraldine McCaughrean,Aesop
  • Publisher: Longman
  • ISBN: 9780582334052
  • Category: Fables
  • Page: 48
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Part of the Pelican Big Books series, this book contains a collection of Aesop's fables. The teaching focus is on comparing and contrasting the two titles of each story and on the story themes and morals. The series has been specifically written for the shared reading part of the literacy hour and supports the genre requirements of the National Literacy Strategy.

Aristophanes 1

Aristophanes 1

Clouds, Wasps, Birds

  • Author: Aristophanes,Peter Meineck
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780872203600
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 480
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Presents translations of three satirical plays along with information on staging, history, religious practice, myths, and issues raised by each play.

The Trojan Women and Other Plays

The Trojan Women and Other Plays

  • Author: Euripides
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191606189
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 224
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Hecuba The Trojan Women Andromache In the three great war plays contained in this volume Euripides subjects the sufferings of Troy's survivors to a harrowing examination. The horrific brutality which both women and children undergo evokes a response of unparalleled intensity in the playwright whom Aristotle called the most tragic of the poets. Yet the new battleground of the aftermath of war is one in which the women of Troy evince an overwhelming greatness of spirit. We weep for the aged Hecuba in her name play and in The Trojan Women, yet we respond with an at times appalled admiration to her resilience amid unrelieved suffering. Andromache, the slave-concubine of her husband's killer, endures her existence in the victor's country with a Stoic nobility. Of their time yet timeless, these plays insist on the victory of the female spirit amid the horrors visited on them by the gods and men during war.

Lysistrata

Lysistrata

Translated by Douglass Parker

  • Author: Aristophanes,Douglass Parker
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category:
  • Page: 98
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