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Lysistrata and Other Plays

Lysistrata and Other Plays

Aristophanes Alan H. Sommerstein
3.9/5 (4333 ratings)
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.

For this edition Alan Sommerstein has completely revised his translation of these three plays, bringing out the full nuances of Aristophanes’ ribald humour and intricate word play, with a new introduction explaining the historical and cultural background to the plays.
Language
English
Pages
241
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Classics
Release
January 30, 2003
ISBN
0140448144
ISBN 13
9780140448146

Lysistrata and Other Plays

Aristophanes Alan H. Sommerstein
3.9/5 (4333 ratings)
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.

For this edition Alan Sommerstein has completely revised his translation of these three plays, bringing out the full nuances of Aristophanes’ ribald humour and intricate word play, with a new introduction explaining the historical and cultural background to the plays.
Language
English
Pages
241
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Classics
Release
January 30, 2003
ISBN
0140448144
ISBN 13
9780140448146

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