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Clouds

Clarendon Paperbacks

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Published: 3rd August 1989
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During the second half of the fifth century BC, oratory was an essential skill for a successful politician. This art of persuasive speaking was one of several subjects which sophists, lesser philosophers (with whom Socrates was often identified), offered at a price. Aristophanes' Clouds, performed in its original version in 423 BC, is a witty and merciless satire at the expense of Socrates, which ridicules features ascribed by the man in the street to Socrates and sophistic teaching. Dover's standard edition of the Clouds is now made available in paperback. In punctuating the text and writing the commentary, he has endeavoured to act as a modern 'producer' of the play, in order to bring across the full effect of the drama to the reader. The full introduction, which covers all aspects of Aristophanes' play, from the playwright himself to the manuscript tradition of the text, is followed by Dover's text and apparatus criticus. This is supplemented by a detailed and lively commentary, addenda, and indexes.

'a work of unusual excellence and an indispensable tool for all who are interested in understanding Aristophanes' Hermathena 'a splendid book, easily the best edition of a play of Aristophanes yet to appear in this country' Classical Review 'at last we have a major edition and a splendid commentary remarkable both for its learning and its conciseness' American Journal of Philology

Introduction
Aristophanes
Old Comedy
The Character of the Play
Strepsiades and his Family
The Creditors
Socrates
Right and Wrong
The Chorus
The Two Versions of the Play
The History of the Text
Language
Metre
Notes on the apparatus criticus Hypothesis Dramatis personae Text Commentary Vocabulary
Index Corrigenda
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ISBN: 9780198143956
ISBN-10: 0198143958
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 3rd August 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.57 x 12.4  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.34