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Aristophanes and Athens : An Introduction to the Plays - Douglas M. MacDowell

Aristophanes and Athens

An Introduction to the Plays

Hardcover Published: 21st September 1995
ISBN: 9780198721581
Number Of Pages: 376

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This book provides an accessible introduction to each of Aristophanes' plays, focusing particularly on their relationship to Athenian politics and life, and to the effect that Aristophanes hoped to have on his audience. All passages quoted from them are given in new verse translations, and readers do not need any knowledge of Greek. But scholarly problems are not ignored, and specialists will find here both new suggestions and summaries of different interpretations with recent bibliographical information in the notes.

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`Douglas M. MacDowell ... is eminently qualified to write this book. No background knowledge is assumed; the context of the plays is succinctly and accurately summarized ... MacDowell's refreshing contribution is to show how the serious comments are transmitted through comic plot and production ... There is no better introduction to this enigmatic author.' Times Literary Supplement

Prefacep. v
Abbreviations and Bibliographyp. viii
Chronological Table of Playsp. xii
Intention and Interpretationp. 1
The Audience and Its Expectationsp. 7
Early Playsp. 27
Akharniansp. 46
Horsemenp. 80
Cloudsp. 113
Waspsp. 150
Peacep. 180
Birdsp. 199
Lysistratap. 229
Women at the Thesmophoriap. 251
Frogsp. 274
Women at the Assemblyp. 301
Wealthp. 324
Aristophanes and Athensp. 350
Indexp. 357
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ISBN: 9780198721581
ISBN-10: 0198721587
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 21st September 1995
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.8 x 14.7  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.59