The Wasps

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Kessinger Publishing, Jun 1, 2004 - Drama - 80 pages
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XANTHIAS (turning to the audience): Come, I must explain the matter to the spectators. But first a few words of preamble: expect nothing very high-flown from us, nor any jests stolen from Megara; we have no slaves, who throw baskets of nuts to the spectators, nor any Heracles to be robbed of his dinner, nor does Euripides get loaded with contumely.

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Review: Wasps (Clarendon Paperbacks)

User Review  - Annie - Goodreads

Not bad, wouldn't have read it if it wasn't for school, though Read full review

Review: Wasps (Clarendon Paperbacks)

User Review  - Kent Winward - Goodreads

Early Greek legal drama at its funniest. The play works best if you cut it off after the conclusion of the trial of Labes, the house dog, but you can keep reading for 2500 year old smut and fart humor. I need to go find the Racine play that also tries the household dog, ala Aristophanes. Read full review

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Aristophanes, 448 b.c. - 385 b.c. Aristophanes is considered to be one of the greatest comedic writers ever to have taken to the stage. He was born in Athens, Greece, in the town of Cydathenaeum. Aristophanes is believed to have been well educated, which would explain his propensity towards words. It is also believed that he owned land on the island of Aegina. Aristophanes was first a satirist, he was well known for attacking anything from politics to poets, mainly the war between Sparta and Athens and the poet Euripides. He wrote more than 40, eleven of which are still being acted today. "The Acharnians" was his first play, written in 425, B.C.. This was the first of his plays in reaction to the war, as well as the play "Peace." But perhaps Aristophanes most famous play, Lysistrata, made his true feelings of the war known. In this play, the women seek peace by claiming celibacy until the fighting is stopped. It is the play that he is most famous for, for capturing the feeling of the people in a way that was both lighthearted and poignant. Aristophanes died three years after the war ended, in 385, B.C.,but left behind a legacy that has lasted to the present day.

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