I love Aristophanes. He is so funny and yet, through all the crudity, is a sharp ability to puncture human pretentiousness and bring to light all everyone's instinctive weaknesses. In this book are three of his plays and the most astonishing thing is how much the characters feel like people today. Considering the vast gulf that, in truth, exists between us in so many regards, it is fascinating to see the same mix of sons who think they know best, cowards and inveterate conservatives as today.
This is edition is also very good. Bar my minor annoyance that a couple of the cruder passages were toned down (I know I'm not dealing with Last of the Summer Wine!)the notes were very full and explained a lot of fascinating detail, which helped contributed to that other advantage of reading Aristophanes, apart from enjoyment, that of getting a real perspective on Classical Athenian society.
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Aristophanes (446 BC-386 BC), son of Philippus, of the deme Cydathenaus, was a comic playwright of ancient Athens. Eleven of his 40 plays survive virtually complete. These, together with fragments of some of his other plays, provide the only real examples of a genre of comic drama known as Old Comedy, and they are used to define the genre. Also known as the Father of Comedy and the Prince of Ancient Comedy, Aristophanes has been said to recreate the life of ancient Athens more convincingly than any other author. His powers of ridicule were feared and acknowledged by influential contemporaries; Plato singled out Aristophanes' play The Clouds as slander contributing to the trial and execution of Socrates although other satirical playwrights had also caricatured the philosopher. His second play, The Babylonians (now lost), was denounced by the demagogue Cleon as a slander against the Athenian polis. It is possible that the case was argued in court but details of the trial are not recorded and Aristophanes caricatured Cleon mercilessly in his subsequent plays, especially The Knights, the first of many plays that he directed himself. "In my opinion," he says through the Chorus in that play, "the author-director of comedies has the hardest job of all." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B002RI9LLM
- Publisher : Penguin (1 March 2007)
- Language : English
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- Print length : 266 pages
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A highly entertaining, comedy experienceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 April 2016
An improvement on the former Penguin editions. Highly entertaining and recommended for anyone who likes a good laugh-out-loud read on a par with Wodehouse.
FrogsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 February 2013
This penguin translation is great fun to read and even if you're sense of humour isn't quite in line with the Greeks you can still enjoy reading through these plays as they show a glimpse of the ancient world.