Lysistrata and Other Plays
by Aristophanes, Alan H. Sommerstein
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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The collection of three comedies that show Aristophanes fighting the consequences of war and social upheavals in Athens, with its characteristic spirit, Lysistrata and Other plays translated from Greek, with an introduction and notes by Alan HSommerstein in Penguin ClassicsWritten at a time of political and social crisis in Athens, Aristophanes was eloquent, still debauchery for the demagogue and sophist.In Lysistrata, the heroine’s owner manages to persuade the Greek women to keep their husband’s sex, forcing them to stop the Peloponnese War; and in Le Archanians, only one peasant enters into a private peace treaty with the Spartans, to the great displeasure of his Athenian colleagues.The darkest of Socrates’s comedy of the Athenian Satirised Philosophers, in particular, and the reflection of the uncertainty of a generation in which all religious and ethical beliefs have been questioned.For this edition, Alan HSommerstein has completely revised his translation of three pieces, the full realization of Aristophanes nuances, gripping and complex humor of wordplay, with a new introduction explaining the historical and cultural context of the cheek.Aristophanes (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 lawsuits in the 420s for his outspoken talk of attacks on politician Cléon, but in 405 he was publicly honored 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 Birds and Other Plays, Lysistrata and Other Play, Wasps and Other Play and Frogs and Other Play.If you have loved Lysistrata and Other Pieces, you could, like Aristophanes, Birds and Other Pieces, also available in Penguin Classics
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