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Frogs and Other Plays (Penguin Classics)

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Synopsis:

This collection contains "The Wasps", one of Aristophanes' earliest plays, "The Poet and the Women", a gem of parody and low comedy, and "The Frogs", a comic masterpiece written under the shadow of defeat.

Synopsis:

In 'The Wasps' an old-fashioned father and his loose-living son come to blows--and end up in court; elsewhere Aristophanes milks the clash of generations for all it is worth by sending up the purveyors of new ideas like Socrates and Euripides (the most controversial of the great tragedians). In 'The Poet and the Women' Euripides, accused of misogyny, gets a relative in drag to infiltrate an all-woman festival and find out what revenge is being plotted, with predictable bawdy results. In 'The Frogs, ' written in the darkest days of the Peloponnesian War, the god Dionysus descends to the Underworld to find a poet to bring back: does Athens in her hour of danger need the traditional wisdom of Aeschylus or the brilliant modern cleverness of Euripides? As the great debate proceeds, Aristophanes combines parody with slapstick and political discussion with pantomime high spirit, to produce a hilarious and unique masterpiece.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140441529
Translator:
Barrett, David
Author:
Barrett, David
Author:
Aristophanes
Author:
Dutta, Shomit
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Location:
London
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Continental european drama (dramatic works by
Subject:
Aristophanes
Subject:
Greek & Roman
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
11]
Publication Date:
19640228
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.68x5.04x.53 in. .36 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140441529 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This collection contains "The Wasps", one of Aristophanes' earliest plays, "The Poet and the Women", a gem of parody and low comedy, and "The Frogs", a comic masterpiece written under the shadow of defeat.
"Synopsis" by , In 'The Wasps' an old-fashioned father and his loose-living son come to blows--and end up in court; elsewhere Aristophanes milks the clash of generations for all it is worth by sending up the purveyors of new ideas like Socrates and Euripides (the most controversial of the great tragedians). In 'The Poet and the Women' Euripides, accused of misogyny, gets a relative in drag to infiltrate an all-woman festival and find out what revenge is being plotted, with predictable bawdy results. In 'The Frogs, ' written in the darkest days of the Peloponnesian War, the god Dionysus descends to the Underworld to find a poet to bring back: does Athens in her hour of danger need the traditional wisdom of Aeschylus or the brilliant modern cleverness of Euripides? As the great debate proceeds, Aristophanes combines parody with slapstick and political discussion with pantomime high spirit, to produce a hilarious and unique masterpiece.
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