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Author Aristophanes.

Title The knights : Peace ; Wealth ; The birds ; The assemblywomen / Aristophanes ; translated by Alan H. Sommerstein [and] David Barrett
Published Harmondsworth ; New York [etc.] : Penguin, 1978


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Description 335 pages ; 18 cm
regular print
Series Penguin classics
Penguin classics.
Contents The knights -- Peace -- The birds -- The assembly women -- Wealth
Summary Aristophanes is the only surviving representative of Greek Old Comedy, the exuberant, satirical form of festival drama which flourished during the heyday of classical Athenian culture in the fifth century BC. His plays are characterized by extraordinary combinations of fantasy and satire, sophistication and vulgarity, formality and freedom. Birds is an escapist fantasy in which two dissatisfied Athenians, in defiance of men and gods, bring about a city of birds, the eponymous Cloudcuckooland. In Lysistrata the heroine of the play organizes a sex-strike and the wives of Athens occupy the Akropolis in an attempt to restore peace to the city. The main source of comedy in the Assembly-Women is a similar usurpation of male power as the women attempt to reform Athenian society along utopian-communist lines. Finally, Wealth is Aristophanes' last surviving comedy, in which Ploutos, the god of wealth is cured of his blindness and the remarkable social consequences of his new discrimination are exemplified
Analysis Drama in Greek to ca 500 Translations
drama in Greek English texts
Notes Cover title: The knights, Peace, The birds, The assemblywomen, Wealth
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Credits The knights, Peace, Wealth / translated by Alan H. Sommerstein ; The birds, The assemblywomen / translated by David Barrett
Subject Aristophanes -- Translations into English.
Aristophanes -- Translations into English.
Aristophanes -- Translations, English
Aristophanes. Birds.
Aristophanes. Knights.
Aristophanes. Peace.
Canon (Literature)
English drama -- Translations from Greek
Greek drama -- Translations into English.
Greek drama.
Athens (Greece) -- Drama.
Genre/Form Drama.
Author Aristophanes. Ecclesiazusae. English.
Aristophanes. Birds.
Aristophanes. Peace.
Aristophanes. Plutus. English & Greek.
Barrett, David, 1914-1998.
Sommerstein, Alan H.
LC no. 79308062
ISBN 0140443320 (paperback)
Other Titles Selections. English
The knights, peace, the birds, the assemblywomen, wealth
Birds and other plays