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Aristophanes: Acharnians, Wasps, Knights, Peace

A Verse Translation, with Introductions and Notes

Stephen Halliwell

Aristophanes: Acharnians, Wasps, Knights, Peace

Aristophanes: Acharnians, Wasps, Knights, Peace

A Verse Translation, with Introductions and Notes

Aristophanes: Acharnians, Wasps, Knights, Peace

 

This is the third and final volume of a new verse translation of the complete plays of Aristophanes by Stephen Halliwell. The translations combine accuracy with an attempt to capture the rich dramatic and literary qualities of Aristophanic comedy.


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Beschrijving Aristophanes: Acharnians, Wasps, Knights, Peace

Aristophanes is the only surviving representative of Greek Old Comedy, an exuberant form of festival drama which flourished in Athens during the fifth century BC. One of the most original playwrights in the entire Western tradition, his comedies are remarkable for their brilliant combination of fantasy and satire, their constantly inventive manipulation of language, and their use of absurd characters and plots to expose his society's institutions and values to the
bracing challenge of laughter.

This is the third and final volume of a new verse translation of the complete plays of Aristophanes. It contains four of his most overtly political plays: Acharnians, in which an Athenian farmer rebels against the city's war policies; Knights, a biting satire of populist demagogues; Wasps, whose main theme is the Athenian system of lawcourts; and Peace, in which escape from war is symbolized in images of rustic fertility and sensuality. The translation
combines historical accuracy with a sensitive attempt to capture the rich dramatic and literary qualities of Aristophanic comedy. Each play is presented with a thought-provoking introduction and extensive editorial notes to accompany the vivid translations, balancing performability with faithfulness to the original.


ISBN
9780198149958
Pagina's
464
Verschijnt
NUR
309
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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