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Lysistrata & Other Plays: The Acharnians, the Clouds, Lysistrata Reissue Edition
Contributor(s): Aristophanes, Sommerstein, Alan H.

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ISBN: 0140448144     ISBN-13: 9780140448146
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2003
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Annotation: 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.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Peace movements; Drama.
Women and peace; Drama.
BISAC Categories:
- Literary Criticism | Drama
Dewey: 882/.01
LCCN: 2003269449
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Series: Penguin Classics
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.25" W x 0.75" (0.50 lbs) 241 pages
 
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Publisher Description:
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.

Contributor Bio(s): 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.

Alan H. Sommerstein is head of the classics department at Nottingham.


 
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