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Aristophanes [GRC]

Wasps (Aris & Phillips Classical Texts)

By Alan H. Sommerstein (Edited and translated by)

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Format: Paperback, 260 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 December 1983
Language: Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Wasps was first produced at the Lenaea festival of 422 BC. The play is at once a political satire and also, like Clouds and the lost Banqueters, a comedy on the theme of the conflict of generations. The play follows the efforts of a mischievous and mercurial old man to escape the control of a stern and heavy son. In its political aspect it attacks the leading Athenian politician Cleon, as Knights had. But Wasps represents a departure as it concentrates less on Cleon personally, and more on his and his associates' alleged domination of the law-courts and the men who served in them as jurors. First published in 1983, this edition contains addenda and a new bibliography.

Table of Contents

Preface; References and Abbreviations; Introduction; Select Bibliography; Note on the Text; Sigla; Parallel Greek Text and English Translation; Notes.

About the Author

Alan H Sommerstein is Professor of Greek and Director of the Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception, University of Nottingham; editor of the Aristophanes volumes in the Aris PHIllips Classical Texts series and of Aeschylus Eumenides (Cambridge, 1989); author of Aeschylean Tragedy (Bari, 1996) and of Greek Drama and Dramatists (London, 2002); co-editor of Tragedy, Comedy and the Polis (Bari, 1993), Shards from Kolonos: Studies in Sophoclean Fragments (Bari, forthcoming) and several other multi-author volumes. He is coordinating a collaborative edition of selected fragmentary plays of Sophocles for this series.

EAN: 9780856682131
ISBN: 0856682136
Publisher: Aris & Phillips Ltd
Dimensions: 21 x 14.9 x 1.7 centimetres (0.38 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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