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Lysistrata and Other Plays: The Acharnians, the Clouds, Lysistrata (Penguin Classics)by Aristophanes
Synopses & Reviews
Writing at the time of political and social crisis in Athens, Aristophanes was an eloquent yet bawdy challenger to the demagogue and the sophist. The Achanians is a plea for peace set against the background of the long war with Sparta. In Lysistrata a band of women tap into the awesome power of sex in order to end a war. The darker comedy of The Clouds satirizes Athenian philosophers, Socrates in particular, and reflects the uncertainties of a generation in which all traditional religious and ethical beliefs were being challenged.
Aristophones was a contemporary of Socrates and the last and greatest of the old Attic comedians, but unfortunately only 11 of his plays survive. Of these, this title contains three: "Lysistrata", "The Acharnians", and "The Clouds".
Writing at the time of political and social crisis in Athens, Aristophanes was an eloquent yet bawdy challenger to the demagogue and the sophist. This is a new edition of comedies by the great satirist of ancient Greece.
About the Author
Aristophanes (c. 447-c. 385 bc), a contemporary of Socrates, was the last and greatest of the Old Attic comedians. Eleven of his forty plays survive.
Alan H. Sommerstein is head of the classics department at Nottingham.
Table of Contents
The Acharnians — The clouds — Lysistrata.
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