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The Birds and Other Plays
Title:The Birds and Other Plays
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ISBN:0140449515
Number of Pages:336

Epic book online Books by: Aristophanes, David B. Barrett, Alan H. Sommerstein Offering a window into the world of ordinary Athenians Aristophanes i The Birds and Other Plays i is a timeless set of comedies combining witty satire and raucous slapstick to wonderful effect This Penguin Classics edition is translated from the Greek by David Barrett and Alan H Sommerstein br br The plays in this volume all contain Aristophanes trademark bawdy comedy and dazzling verbal agility In i The Birds i two cunning Athenians persuade the birds to build the utopian city of Much Cuckoo in the Clouds in the sky blockading the Olympian gods and installing themselves as new deities i The Knights i is a venomous satire on Cleon a prominent Athenian demagogue who vies with a humble sausage seller for the approval of the people while i The Assembly Women i 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 i Peace i inspired by the hope of a settlement in BC and i Wealth i reflects on the economic catastrophe that hit Athens after the war br br These lively translations by David Barrett and Alan H Sommerstein capture the full humour of the plays The introduction examines Aristophanes life and times and the comedy and poetry of his works This volume also includes an introductory note for each play br br Aristophanes c BC was probably born in Athens Little is known about his life but there is a portrait of him in Plato s i Symposium i He was twice threatened with prosecution in the s for his outspoken attacks on the prominent politician Cleon but in he was publicly honoured and crowned for promoting Athenian civic unity in i The Frogs i 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 i The Birds and Other Plays i i Lysistrata and Other Plays i i The Wasps and Other Plays i and i The Frogs and Other Plays i br br If you enjoyed i The Birds and Other Plays i you might like Aristophanes i The Frogs and Other Plays i also available in Penguin Classics

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