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Aristophanes : Birds; Lysistrata; Women at the Thesmophoria : Loeb Classical Library No. 179 - Aristophanes

Aristophanes : Birds; Lysistrata; Women at the Thesmophoria

Loeb Classical Library No. 179

Hardcover Published: 15th November 2000
ISBN: 9780674995871
Number Of Pages: 624

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Aristophanes (ca. 446-386 BCE), one of the world's greatest comic dramatists, has been admired since antiquity for his iridescent wit and beguiling fantasy, exuberant language, and brilliant satire of the social, intellectual, and political life of Athens at its height. In this third volume of a new Loeb Classical Library edition of Aristophanes, Jeffrey Henderson presents a freshly edited Greek text and a lively, unexpurgated translation of three plays with full explanatory notes.

In "Birds" Aristophanes turns from the pointed political satire characteristic of earlier plays to a fantasy that soars literally into the air in search of a carefree world. Here the enterprising protagonists create a utopian counter-Athens, called Cloudcuckooland, ruled by birds. "Lysistrata" blends boisterous comedy and an earnest call for peace. Lysistrata, our first comic heroine, organizes a panhellenic conjugal strike of young wives until their husbands end the war between Athens and Sparta. Athenian women again take center stage in "Women at the Thesmophoria," this time to punish Euripides for portraying them as wicked. Parody of Euripides' plots enlivens this witty confrontation of the sexes.

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ISBN: 9780674995871
ISBN-10: 0674995872
Series: Loeb Classical Library
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 15th November 2000
Publisher: HARVARD UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.15 x 12.07  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.39

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