The Birds (Google eBook)
Aristophanes's the Birds is one of the great dramatic comedies from all of classical antiquity. It is the story of Euelpides and Pisthetaerus, two old Athenians, who are disgusted with the litigiousness, wrangling and sycophancy of their countrymen, and resolve upon quitting Attica. Having heard of the fame of Epops (the hoopoe), sometime called Tereus, and now King of the Birds, they determine, under the direction of a raven and a jackdaw, to seek from him and his subject birds a city free from all care and strife.
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Alcibiades allusion Apollo Aristophanes Artemis Athenian Athens Attica Basileia beak birds called Callias carried Chaerephon CHORUS CINESIAS Cleonymus clever cloak clouds cock crest crow cuckoo DEALER IN DECREES delighted deme Demeter dithyrambic divine dwell eagle earth EPOPS Erebus Eros EUELPIDES father feast fight Firstly francolin give glutton gods golden Greek word heaven HERACLES Hipponicus honour hoopoe INFORMER INSPECTOR IRIS kestrel King kite Laurium Lepreum lightning look Manes mankind mean METON mortals Muse myrtle Nephelococcygia never nightingale nuptial obolus Olympus omen oracle PARRICIDE peace Philocles Philomela Phoebus Phoenicia Phrygian PISTHETAERUS poet Porphyrion POSIDON PRIEST Procne PROMETHEUS PROPHET race sacred sacrifice sceptre scholiast Sicilian Expedition slave songs Sophocles stew-pot strangers swallow swears tell Tereus things tiotinx town tragedy Triballian TRIBALLUS tribe TROCHILUS tunic twas wall What's the matter wings wore wretch Zeus