Douglas M. MacDowell
The plays of Aristophanes are the oldest comedies which still survive. They are famous for their comic characters, their fantastic plots, their farcical action, and their earthy humour. But they are also highly topical, full of comments, both comic and serious, on politics and other current affairs in classical Athens. This book provides an accessible introduction to Aristophanes' plays, focusing particularly on their relationship to Athenian politics and life, and to the effect that Aristophanes hoped to have on his audience. All passages quoted from them are given in new verse translations, and readers do not need any knowledge of Greek. But scholarly problems are not ignored, and specialists will find here both new suggestions and summaries of different interpretations with recent bibliographical information in the notes.
BL Covers every play, with extensive quotations in English Aristophanes' comedies are famous for their comic characters and earthy humour, but they are also highly topical, with many contemporary political allusions easily missed today. Douglas MacDowell provides students with a long needed accessible and essential introductory guide to the plays, focusing particularly on information about the Athens of the day.