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The Greek Classics: Aristophanes-Eleven Plays

Aristophanes

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ISBN : 9780977340033
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480 pages
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Aristophanes wrote about 40 comedies. The 11 presented here survive. Renowned as a satirical wit, his comedies are almost modern in their irreverent look at society. No subject was too elevated for his critical insight & sharp barbs. He pokedMore Aristophanes wrote about 40 comedies. The 11 presented here survive. Renowned as a satirical wit, his comedies are almost modern in their irreverent look at society. No subject was too elevated for his critical insight & sharp barbs. He poked fun at pomposity. His bawdy humor still irks some moralists.The Knights 424 BCE Attacks the political leader Cleons war policy.The Acharnians 426 Satirizes the war & makes fun of Euripides.Peace 422 The same theme enlarging on peaces blessings.Lysistrata 411 A burlesque conspiracy by women to force peace.The Clouds 423 Satirizes Sokrates, Sophists & the New Education.The Wasps 422 Makes fun of Athenian litigiousness.The Birds 414 Describes a new & improved city, Cloudcuckootown.The Frogs 405 A satire on Euripides & the New Tragedy.The Thesmophoriazusae 412 Another literary satire of Euripides.The Ecclesiazusae 392 Pokes fun at utopias like Platos Republic.Plutus 408 & 388 A whimsical allegory more than a regular comedy.These plays were satires foundation. Using humor to make political & philosophical points against persons & institutions too powerful for direct attack, they exemplify the witty ingenuity of the Greeks.