Methuen Drama, Mar 14, 1994 - Drama - 226 pages
An essential book for students of Greek drama and literature: Aristophanes is widely regarded as one of Ancient Greece's foremost satirists - offering students of the period a unique insight into the world of Athens and its theatre Written in the century following the defeat of Athens by the Spartans in the Peloponnesian War, these four plays signal a change of emphasis in stage comedy more appropriate to the new world order of the fourth century BC. Women in Power and Wealth complete the cycle of Aristophanes' extant plays begun in Aristophanes Plays: One and Two, translated by Kenneth McLeish and J Michael Walton. These editions provide full introductions; discussing the plays and placing them in their political and social context. Aristophanes was a unique writer for the comic stage as well as one of the most revealing about the society for which he wrote.
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I know that good comedy transgresses its age, but maybe two and a half thousand years tests this theory to destruction. I found this hard work and, whilst I could see some of the jokes - and even smirked a couple of times, belly laughs were hard to find. These plays were discovered at the beginning of the 20th Century and reconstructed from papyrus versions that were perhaps 85% complete. The very fact of their existence and age makes them significant: unfortunately, it does not make them funny.
Review: New Comedy: Ekklesiazousai/Wealth/The Malcontent/The Woman from SamosUser Review - Anne - Goodreads
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