In addition to its many topical references to social life, religion, and politics in classical Athens, the Lysistrata is one of our best sources for the life of women in antiquity: unlike epic, tragedy, and oratory, Attic comedy draws its characters and plots from everyday life and provides a unique glimpse into the situation of everyday Athenians. Henderson's standard edition of Aristophanes' play provides much new evidence for those working on anthropological and sociological aspects of Athens, as well as those working in traditional philological fields. The text is brought fully up to date with the advances made in Aristophanic scholarship over the past sixty years. In particular, it is the first to report all the manuscripts, papyri, and testimonial sources of the text, offering a new account of its history and a detailed review of the transmission of the Aristophanic corpus as a whole. Henderson's text and apparatus criticus is supplemented by a full Introduction giving details of the background to the play, its content, staging, philological interest, the textual transmission, and by a detailed Commentary.
`This is a very satisfying work, fully alert to matters linguistic, epigraphic, paratragic, and so forth, and provided with an extremely good index (the sub-headings ... will be very useful).' Greece and Rome `This is an excellent book (both in contents and layout), and a much needed one...Henderson has rendered a signal service in increasing understanding of this comic masterpiece.' Choice `well worthy of OUP's outstanding series ... this method of study would give a keen sixth-form or undergraduate student, with or without a knowledge of the language, a balanced and well-rounded knowledge of the play and its context ... An edition of Lysistrata which meets all criteria of scholarship has been long overdue and Henderson satisfies on all counts. The commentary is very detailed and painstakingly researched.' Peter Hartley, JACT Review `H. offers attention to many aspects of language, vase paintings, structural features, and the significance and general comic use of metres...offers the first full report of all the MSS and testimonial sources...provides persuasive attributions of speeches.' The Journal of Hellenic Studies 113
Abbreviations Introduction Lysistrata and the events of 411 The character of the play Dramatis personae Production The Spartan dialect The history of the text Notes on lyric analyses Sigla Hypotheses Dramatis personae Text Commentary Indexes