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Title: Aristophanes: Wasps
Author: Aristophanes, Alan H. Sommerstein (ed)
Publisher: Aris and Phillips; Publication Date: 1983
Paperback; ISBN: 9780856682131
Volumes: 1; Pages: 248
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Wasps was first produced at the Lenaea festival of 422 BC. The play is at once a political satire and also, like Clouds and the lost Banqueters, a comedy on the theme of the conflict of generations. The play follows the efforts of a mischievous and mercurial old man to escape the control of a stern and heavy son. In its political aspect it attacks the leading Athenian politician Cleon, as Knights had. But Wasps represents a departure as it concentrates less on Cleon personally, and more on his and his associates' alleged domination of the law-courts and the men who served in them as jurors. First published in 1983, this edition contains addenda and a new bibliography.