Frogs and Other Plays
by Aristophanes, David Barrett, Shomit Dutta
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Combining skillful social commentary with a rich, earthy comedy, the three comedies collected in Aristophanes, The Frogs and Other Pieces offers a unique insight into one of the most tumultuous periods in Ancient Greek history.This Penguin Classics edition is translated by David Barrett with revisions, an introduction and notes by Shomit DuttaThe master of Greek antiquity, comic strip drama, comedy comic Aristophanes combined comedy, humor and jovial vulgarity with sharp political observationsIn The Frogs, written during the Peloponnese War, Dionysus descends to Hell to bring back a poet who can help in Athens in his darkest hours, and the stages of a great debate to help him decide between the traditional wisdom of Aeschylus and the brilliant modernity of Euripides.The shock of generations and values is also the subject of Aristophanes satire in the wasps, in which the old father and his cowardly son living come to the hands and find themselves in the courtyard.And among Women in the Thesmophories, the famous Greek tragedian Euripides, accused of misogyny, persuades one in relation to infiltrate a festival woman to find out if revenge is plotting against him.Shomit Dutta’s introduction deals with Aristophanes life, the cultural context of his work and conventions of Greek comedyThis updated version of David Barrett’s translation also includes notes and a preface for each pieceAristophanes (c445-386 BC) was probably born in Athens)Little is known about his life, but there is a portrait of him in Plato’s banquet.He was twice threatened with prosecution for his outspoken talk of attacks on politician Cléon, but in 405 he was publicly honoured and crowned for Athenian civic promotion to unity in Les Grenouilles.Aristophanes had his first comedy produced when he had about twenty-one, and wrote a total of forty plays.The eleven survivors play Aristophanes are published in the Penguin Classics series, such as The Birds and Other Performances, Lysistrata and Other Theatrical Performances, Wasps and Other Theatrical Performances, and Other Performances.
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