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The Birds and Other Plays

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The Birds and Other Plays by Aristophanes
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The plays in this volume all contain Aristophanes' trademark bawdy comedy and dazzling verbal agility. In The Birds, two frustrated Athenians join the birds to build the utopian city of 'Much Cuckoo in the Clouds'. The Knights is a venomous satire on Cleon, a prominent Athenian demagogue, while The Assembly Women 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 Peace, inspired by the hope of a settlement in 421 BC, and Wealth reflects on the economic catastrophe that hit Athens after the war.

Author Biography

Little is known about Aristophanes' life (c. 445BC-c.386BC), but there is a portrait of him in Plato's Symposium. His first comedy was produced when he was 20 and he wrote 40 plays in the course of his life. David Barrett has translated a number of ancient Greek texts for Penguin Classics.
Release date NZ
September 25th, 2003
Author
Contributors
Translated by Alan H. Sommerstein Translated by David Barrett
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Penguin Classics
Pages
336
Dimensions
129x198x15
ISBN-13
9780140449518
Product ID
1660492

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