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Aristophanes: Clouds, Women at the Thesmophoria, Frogs: A Verse Translation, with Introduction and Notes (Stephen Halliwell) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2016) 9780198149941
Aristophanes: Clouds, Women at the Thesmophoria, Frogs: A Verse Translation, with Introduction and Notes (Stephen Halliwell) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2016) 9780198149941
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Title: Aristophanes: Clouds, Women at the Thesmophoria, Frogs: A Verse Translation, with Introduction and Notes

Author: Halliwell, Stephen

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2016

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780198149941

Volumes: 1; Pages: 368

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Aristophanes is the only surviving representative of Greek Old Comedy, an exuberant form of festival drama which flourished in Athens during the fifth century BC. One of the most original playwrights in the entire Western tradition, his comedies are remarkable for their brilliant combination of fantasy and satire, their constantly inventive manipulation of language, and their use of absurd characters and plots to expose his society's institutions and values to the bracing challenge of laughter.This vibrant collection of verse translations of Aristophanes' works combines historical accuracy with a sensitive attempt to capture the rich dramatic and literary qualities of Aristophanic comedy. The volume presents Clouds, with its famous caricature of the philosopher Socrates; Women at the Thesmophoria (or Thesmophoriazusae), a work which mixes elaborate parody of tragedy with a great deal of transvestite burlesque; and Frogs, in which the dead tragedians Aeschylus and Euripides engage in a vituperative contest of 'literary criticism' of each other's plays. Featuring expansive introductions to each play and detailed explanatory notes, the volume also includes an illuminating appendix, which provides information and selected fragments from the lost plays of Aristophanes.Table of ContentsPrefaceIntroductionAristophanes' Career in ContextOld Comedy and Dionysiac FestivityThe Dynamics of FantasyFormality and PerformanceSatire and SeriousnessTranslating AristophanesStage DirectionsAristophanes and PosterityNote on the TranslationSelect BibliographyChronologyCloudsWomen at the ThesmophoriaFrogsAppendix: The Lost Plays of AristophanesExplanatory NotesIndex of Names
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