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Aristophanes

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ARISTOPHANES, the most famous comic dramatist of ancient Greece, was born an Athenian citizen in about 445 B.C. Forty-four plays have been attributed to Aristophanes; eleven of these have survived. His plays are the only extant representatives of Greek Old Comedy, a dramatic form whose conventions made it inevitable that the author would comment on the political and social issues of fifth-century Athens. This Aristophanes did so well that Plato, asked by the tyrant of Syracuse for an analysis of Athenians, sent a copy of Aristophanes' plays in reply.
    
His earliest play, the Banqueters, won the second prize in 427 B.C. when... Read More

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Complete Plays of Aristophanes

Written by Aristophanes


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: May 30, 2006
Price: $5.99

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Complete Plays of Aristophanes

Written by Aristophanes


Format: Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: March 1, 1984
Price: $6.95

A poet who hated an age of decadence, armed conflict, and departure from tradition, Aristophanes' comic genius influenced the political and social order of his own fifth-century Athens. But as Moses Hadas writes in his introduction to this volume, 'His true claim upon our attention is as the most brilliant and... Read more >
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