The Birds

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Clarendon Press, 1904 - Athens (Greece) - 91 pages

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User Review  - DanielSTJ - LibraryThing

This was an entertaining, and widely imaginative, play by Aristophanes. The comedy was at times witty and at times slapstick. Overall, I enjoyed it and feel that those interested in comedies, and ancient Greek drama, will enjoy reading this. 3 stars. Read full review

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User Review  - janerawoof - LibraryThing

Masterful translation of a witty play. I'm not sure of the meaning of the play, but I can see where elements of low humor today were birthed in ancient times. I appreciated the translator's notes and ... Read full review

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Page 53 - omate, and gay, Comes this way sailing, Like a stately ship Of Tarsus bound for the isles Of Javan or Gadire, With all her bravery on, and tackle trim, Sails filled and streamers waving.
Page 36 - So the struck eagle stretched upon the plain, No more through rolling clouds to soar again, Viewed his own feather on the fatal dart. And winged the shaft that quivered in his heart.
Page 36 - That eagle's fate and mine are one, Who on the shaft that made him die Espied a feather of his own Wherewith he wont to soar on high.
Page 25 - There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen.
Page 53 - But who is this? What thing of sea or land? Female of sex it seems, That so bedecked,
Page 32 - as a bird for conviction : All tokens are ' birds ' with you—sounds too, and lackeys, and donkeys. Then must it not follow That we ARE to you all as the manifest godhead that speaks in prophetic
Page 31 - Of the being of birds, and beginning of gods, and of streams, and the dark beyond reaching, Truthfully knowing aright, in my name bid
Page 32 - to discerning prediction: Winged fame is a bird, as you reckon ; you sneeze, and the sign 's as a bird for conviction

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