The Acharnians

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Cambridge University Press, 1905 - Education - 143 pages
DICAEOPOLIS: Is this not sufficient to drive a man to hang himself? Here I stand chilled to the bone, whilst the doors of the Prytaneum fly wide open to lodge such rascals. But I will do something great and bold. Where is Amphitheus? Come and speak with me.

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Page 65 - Dicaeopolis does not leave the stage but the scene behind him changes to an open space in the country with a house on each side, one for Dicaeopolis (line 202) the other for Euripides, line 368. The house which serves first as the dwelling of Euripides may do duty for that of Lamachus afterwards.
Page 87 - The mountains near Megara afforded abundant pasturage of sheep. Wool was therefore cheap. The cloaks were of a common kind, the same as those mentioned Рас. юог, 5<ш\о!оч y\avuKiolwv /wcpv, among the goods which peace would allow to be imported
Page 119 - what Lamachus is he that wants the eel?' The article with iroos ' denotes that the enquiry is made about the property of an object named or otherwise indicated ' (Madv. 1 1 R. 5) : so та Trota
Page 63 - ... фратр1а as a newly-created citizen. This was an exceptional privilege in the case of a foreigner; see Diet. Ant. Aristophanes suggests that, like a greedy boy, he thought more of the sausages than the ceremony. 147.
Page 63 - ... a tragic word not found in Attic prose. Dr Rutherford says, 'there is a ludicrous point in the boy who has just been initiated at the great Ionic festival of the 'Ататобрш, and gorged with the sausages that symbolised Athenian citizenship, addressing his father in Ionic heroics and calling upon him mjeuv ту театру.

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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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