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Aristophanes and Athens : an introduction to the plays

Author: Douglas M MacDowell
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
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"This book provides an accessible introduction to each of Aristophanes' plays, focusing particularly on their relationship to Athenian politics and life, and to the effect that Aristophanes hoped to have on his audience. All passages quoted from them are given in new verse translations, and readers do not need any knowledge of Greek. But scholarly problems are not ignored, and specialists will find here both new  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
MacDowell, Douglas M. (Douglas Maurice).
Aristophanes and Athens.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
Named Person: Aristophanes; Aristophanes; Aristophanes; Aristophanes; Aristophanes; Aristophanes; Aristophane; Aristophane; Aristophanes.; Aristophanes; Aristophanes.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas M MacDowell
ISBN: 9780198721598 0198721595 0198721587 9780198721581
OCLC Number: 32051210
Description: xiii, 362 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Chronological Table of Plays --
1. Intention and Interpretation --
2. The Audience and its Expectations --
3. Early Plays --
4. Akharnians --
5. Horsemen --
6. Clouds --
7. Wasps --
8. Peace --
9. Birds --
10. Lysistrata --
11. Women at the Thesmophoria --
12. Frogs --
13. Women at the Assembly --
14. Wealth --
15. Aristophanes and Athens.
Responsibility: Douglas M. MacDowell.


Aristophanes' comedies are famous for their comic characters and earthy humour. But they are also highly topical, with many contemporary political allusions easily missed today. This book provides  Read more...


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Douglas M. MacDowell ... is eminently qualified to write this book. No background knowledge is assumed; the context of the plays is succinctly and accurately summarized ... MacDowell's refreshing Read more...

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