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Aristophanes' Frogs (Mark Griffith) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2013) 9780195327724
Aristophanes' Frogs (Mark Griffith) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2013) 9780195327724
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Title: Aristophanes' Frogs

Author: Griffith, Mark

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2013

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780195327724

Volumes: 1; Pages: 320

List Price in Cloth: $99.00 Our price: $78.99

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Aristophanes is widely credited with having elevated the classical art of comedy to the level of legitimacy and recognition that only tragedy had hitherto achieved, and producing some of the most intriguing works of literature to survive from classical Greece in the process. Among them, Frogs has a unique appeal; written and performed in 405 BCE, the comedy won first prize in that year's Lenaea festival competition and was re-performed soon thereafter--a rare occurrence for comedies at the time. Frogs has been admired and quoted by readers and critics ever since, a testament to its timeless appeal; it remains among the most approachable of Aristophanes' plays, as well as perhaps the richest of all in insights it provides into ancient Greek cultural attitudes and values.Mark Griffith's study of the Frogs is the first single book to offer a reliable and sophisticated account of this play in light of modern notions of culture, performance, democracy, religion, and aesthetics. After placing the work in its original historical, cultural, and biographical context, Griffith goes on to underscore the originality of Frogs in relation to parallel developments in the tragedies of Aeschylus and Euripides, among others. He highlights the play's unique portrayal of the figure of Dionysus, the Eleusinian mystery cult, and the question of life after death. This title provides not only a detailed analysis of the play and a concise account of its reception, but also a succinct introduction to ancient Greek comedy, exploring the extraordinary range of theatrical conventions, moral and aesthetic assumptions, and religious beliefs that underlie the action of Aristophanes' play. The book provides an invaluable companion to Aristophanes and the theater of classical Greece for students and general readers alike. Table of Contents1. Comedy at Athens2. The context: Aristophanes and his Athenian audiences3. What happens in Frogs? (The plot)4. AGON SOPHIAS: Judging the arts in Classical Greece5. Old and new styles in tragedy: Aeschylus, Euripides, and the rest6. Underworld and afterlife: Dionysus and Greek fantasies of salvation7. Dionysus' verdict and the ending/message of the play8. Reading and performing Frogs, after Aristophanes -- Reception
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