The Frogs follows interpersonal conflicts between men and women, Greek gods, and the natural and supernatural. Using extraordinary circumstances, the author provides commentary on multiple public figures spanning religion, politics and literature.
The Frogs is one of Aristophanes' most notable works. The story centers on Dionysus, the god of fertility and wine, who's also known as a patron of the arts. In an effort to restore Greek tragedy to its former glory, Dionysus travels to the underworld to bring the late playwright Euripides back to life. While on this mission he encounters other prominent figures such as Aeschylus, the "Father of Tragedy," and Heracles, the Greek demigod.
Aristophanes' work is filled with biting humor and colorful commentary that has stood the test of time. Unlike his peers, a portion of his plays (11 out of 40) survived his death and remain fully intact. The Frogs offers a glimpse into the impressive catalog that made Aristophanes one of the greatest playwrights of his era.
With an eye-catching new cover, and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of The Frogs is both modern and readable.
Lysistrata and Other Plays centers a disgruntled woman whose attempt to end a war takes the battle from an open field to the soldier's bedroom. Wives from both camps deny their husbands basic affection in an effort to quell the violence.
Set during the Peloponnesian War, the women of Greece, led by Lysistrata, create a plan to stifle the conflict between Athens and Sparta. Together, they agree to stage a sex strike, refusing to sleep with their husbands until a resolution is met. The strategy has an undeniable effect on politicians, generals and soldiers eager for a return to normalcy. It dramatically changes the focus of the warring parties, signifying the potential for peace.
Lysistrata and Other Plays confronts gender norms and empowers those who are often marginalized. It's a common theme in Aristophanes' work that is also found in The Assemblywomen and Thesmophoriazusae. This political satire illustrates how fundamental needs always take precedence over superficial wants.
With an eye-catching new cover, and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Lysistrata and Other Plays is both modern and readable.
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
Lysistrata is an ancient Greek comedy by Aristophanes, originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC. It is a comic account of a woman's extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War between Greek city-states by denying all the men of the land any sex, which was the only thing they truly and deeply desired. Lysistrata persuades the women of the warring cities to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace--a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the sexes.
The play is notable for being an early exposé of sexual relations in a male-dominated society. Additionally, its dramatic structure represents a shift from the conventions of Old Comedy, a trend typical of the author's career. It was produced in the same year as the Thesmophoriazusae, another play with a focus on gender-based issues, just two years after Athens' catastrophic defeat in the Sicilian Expedition. At this time, Greek theatre was a profound[clarification needed] form of entertainment, which was extremely popular for all audiences as it addressed political issues relevant to that time.
Aristophanes, often referred to as "The Father of Comedy", is an ancient Greek poet and playwright who is credited with helping to create the art of satire and irony. Of the over forty plays Aristophanes wrote during his lifetime only eleven survive to this day of which six are collected together here in this volume. In "The Acharnians", there is the story of Dikaiopolis, an Athenian who brokers a private peace treaty with the Spartans. "The Knights" satirizes Athenian society and politics during the Peloponnesian War. In "Peace" we find a joyous anticipation by the Athenian people of an end to the Peloponnesian War, staged just days before the actual end to the war. With "The Birds", Aristophanes relates a fantastical tale of a magical city in the sky. "Lysistrata" concerns the comic account of Athenian women to bring about an end to the Peloponnesian War by withholding sex from their husbands. And finally in "The Ecclesiazusae" there is the tale of Athenian women seizing control of the government and establishing a society of fiscal and sexual equality. This edition follows the prose translations of The Athenian Society and is printed on premium acid-free paper.
Aristophanes, often referred to as "The Father of Comedy", is an ancient Greek poet and playwright who is credited with helping to create the art of satire and irony. Of the over forty plays Aristophanes wrote during his lifetime only eleven survive to this day of which five are collected together here in this volume."The Wasps" is a play which satirizes the Athenian general Cleon, a popular contemporary demagogue, and the Athenian courts which empower him. "The Thesmophoriazusae" depicts a gathering of women at an annual festival as they plan to enact their revenge upon Euripides for his unflattering depiction of their sex. "The Frogs" relates the journey of the god Dionysus to the underworld, who wishes to improve the state of Athenian tragedy by bringing Euripides back from the dead. In "The Clouds" we find a lampoon of contemporary Athenian intellectuals, most notably Socrates. Lastly in "Plutus", Aristophanes employs the god of wealth, Plutus, to satirize the political economics of Athenian society. This edition follows the prose translations of The Athenian Society and is printed on premium acid-free paper.
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