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The Birds and Other Plays: The Knights/Peace/Wealth/The Assembly Women (Penguin Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Synopsis:

Included in this collection are "The Birds", the most graceful of Aristophanes' plays; "The Knights", a satire on Cleon, an Athenian demagogue; "Peace", which was inspired by the hope of peace with Sparta in 421 BC; and "The Assembly Women", about sexual equality and "wealth".

Synopsis:

Part of the "Penguin Classics" relaunch.

About the Author

Aristophanes was born, probably in Athens, c. 449 BC and died between 386 and 380 BC. Little is known about his life, but there is a portrait of him in Plato's Symposium. He was twice threatened with prosecution in the 420s for his outspoken attacks on the prominent politician Cleon, but in 405 he was publicly honored and crowned for promoting Athenian civic unity in The Frogs. Aristophanes had his first comedy produced when he was about twenty-one, and wrote forty plays in all. The eleven surviving plays of Aristophanes are published in the Penguin Classics series as The Birds and Other Plays, Lysistrata and Other Plays, and The Wasps/The Poet and the Women/The Frogs.

Table of Contents

The Birds and Other Plays About the Author 7

Aristophanes in Antiquity 9

Aristophanes, Comedian and Poet 21

The Knights 29

Peace 91

The Birds 147

The Assemblywoman 215

Wealth 265

Notes 313

Select Bibliography 336

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140449518
Translator:
Barrett, David
Translator:
Sommerstein, Alan H.
Translator:
Barrett, David
Translator:
Sommerstein, Alan H.
Author:
Barrett, David
Author:
Brett, David
Author:
Aristophanes
Author:
Sommerstein, Alan H.
Author:
Sommerstein, Alan
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Greek & Roman
Subject:
General Drama
Subject:
DRAMA / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.72x5.04x.60 in. .52 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 336 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140449518 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Included in this collection are "The Birds", the most graceful of Aristophanes' plays; "The Knights", a satire on Cleon, an Athenian demagogue; "Peace", which was inspired by the hope of peace with Sparta in 421 BC; and "The Assembly Women", about sexual equality and "wealth".
"Synopsis" by , Part of the "Penguin Classics" relaunch.

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