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📒Lysistrata And Other Plays ✍ Aristophanes
📝Lysistrata and Other Plays Book Synopsis : Writing at a time when Athens was undergoing a crisis in its social attitudes, Aristophanes was an eloquent opponent of the demagogue and the sophist. This collection includes Lysistrata, the hilariously bawdy anti-war fantasy; The Acharnians, a plea for peace set against the background of the long war with Sparta; and The Clouds, a satire on contemporary philosophy.
📒The Birds And Other Plays ✍ Aristophanes
📝The Birds and Other Plays Book Synopsis : Collects five comedies from Aristophanes, including "The Birds," in which two Athenians join the birds to build a utopian city.
📒Birds And Other Plays ✍ Aristophanes
📝Birds and Other Plays Book Synopsis : Aristophanes is the only surviving representative of Greek Old Comedy, the exuberant, satirical form of festival drama which flourished during the heyday of classical Athenian culture in the fifth century BC. His plays are characterized by extraordinary combinations of fantasy and satire, sophistication and vulgarity, formality and freedom. Birds is an escapist fantasy in which two dissatisfied Athenians, in defiance of men and gods, bring about a city of birds, the eponymous Cloudcuckooland. In Lysistrata the heroine of the play organizes a sex-strike and the wives of Athens occupy the Akropolis in an attempt to restore peace to the city. The main source of comedy in the Assembly-Women is a similar usurpation of male power as the women attempt to reform Athenian society along utopian-communist lines. Finally, Wealth is Aristophanes' last surviving comedy, in which Ploutos, the god of wealth is cured of his blindness and the remarkable social consequences of his new discrimination are exemplified. This is the first complete verse translation of Aristophanes' comedies to appear for more than twenty-five years and makes freshly available one of the most remarkable comic playwrights in the entire Western tradition, complete with an illuminating introduction including play by play analysis and detailed notes.
📒Lysistrata ✍ Aristophanes
📝Lysistrata Book Synopsis : One of the few plays that survived intact from the heyday of ancient Grecian drama, Lysistrata is an enormously influential work of satirical comedy. In order to bring an end to a destructive and never-ending war, the women of Greece take a temporary vow of chastity, pledging to remain abstinent until the conflict ends. As can be expected, mayhem -- and hilarity -- ensues.
📒Frogs And Other Plays ✍ Aristophanes
📝Frogs and Other Plays Book Synopsis : The master of ancient Greek comic drama, Aristophanes combined slapstick, humour and cheerful vulgarity with acute political observations. In The Frogs, written during the Peloponnesian War, Dionysus descends to the Underworld to bring back a poet who can help Athens in its darkest hour, and stages a great debate to help him decide between the traditional wisdom of Aeschylus and the brilliant modernity of Euripides. The clash of generations and values is also the object of Aristophanes’ satire in The Wasps, in which an old-fashioned father and his loose-living son come to blows and end up in court. And in The Poet and the Women, Euripides, accused of misogyny, persuades a relative to infiltrate an all-women festival to find out whether revenge is being plotted against him.
📒Four Plays ✍ Aristophanes
📝Four Plays Book Synopsis : Classic Greek plays offer a caricature of Socrates, a flawed utopia, a clever plan to gain peace, and a debate between deceased playwrights
📒 ✍ Франсуа Рабле
📝 Book Synopsis : Перед Вами самое значительное произведение эпохи французского Ренессанса – сатирический роман Франсуа Рабле «Гаргантюа и Пантагрюэль». Созданный на богатой и разнообразной фольклорной основе, роман повествует о двух великанах – отце и сыне. Рабле мастерски высмеивает человеческие пороки, современный ему общественный уклад, а в особенности – церковь и духовенство.Гениальный автор романа «Гаргантюа и Пантагрюэль» при помощи сатиры и юмора обличает окружающую его действительность и противопоставляет ей новый мир, свободный от условностей и предрассудков.Уникальность данной книги состоит в том, что она издана по переводу, сделанному в 1552 г. и богато иллюстрирована офортами. В книгу включено более 60 уникальных изображений.
📒Lysistrata And Other Works Of Aristophanes ✍ Aristophanes
📝Lysistrata and Other Works of Aristophanes Book Synopsis : This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.
📒Acharnians ✍ Aristophanes
📝Acharnians Book Synopsis : This translated compilation by noted scholar and translator Jeffrey Henderson, collects three of Aristophanes' greatest and most popular plays: Acharnians, Clouds, and Lysistrata. Complete with introductions and notes, this single volume collection is sure to be a valuable addition to any classroom or collection. The Focus Classical Library is dedicated to providing modern students with the best of Classical literature in contemporary translations with notes and introductions to provide access to contemporary thought.
📒Aristophanes The Acharnians ✍ Aristophanes
📝Aristophanes The Acharnians Book Synopsis : The reality is that little is known of Aristophanes actual life but eleven of his forty plays survive intact and upon those rest his deserved reputation as the Father of Comedy or, The Prince of Ancient Comedy. Accounts agree that he was born sometime between 456BC and 446 BC. Many cities claim the honor of his birthplace and the most probable story makes him the son of Philippus of AEgina, and therefore only an adopted citizen of Athens, a distinction which, at times could be cruel, though he was raised and educated in Athens. His plays are said to recreate the life of ancient Athens more realistically than any other author could. Intellectually his powers of ridicule were feared by his influential contemporaries; Plato himself singled out Aristophanes' play The Clouds as a slander that contributed to the trial and condemning to death of Socrates and although other satirical playwrights had also caricatured the philosopher his carried the most weight. His now lost play, The Babylonians, was denounced by the demagogue Cleon as a slander against the Athenian polis. Aristophanes seems to have taken this criticism to heart and thereafter caricatured Cleon mercilessly in his subsequent plays, especially The Knights. His life and playwriting years were undoubtedly long though again accounts as to the year of his death vary quite widely. What can be certain is that his legacy of surviving plays is in effect both a treasured legacy but also in itself the only surviving texts of Ancient Greek comedy.
📒Classical Comedy ✍ Aristophanes
📝Classical Comedy Book Synopsis : From the fifth to the second century BC, innovative comedy drama flourished in Greece and Rome. This collection brings together the greatest works of Classical comedy, with two early Greek plays: Aristophanes' bold, imaginative Birds, and Menander's The Girl from Samos, which explores popular contemporary themes of mistaken identity and sexual misbehaviour; and two later Roman comic plays: Plautus' The Brothers Menaechmus - the original comedy of errors - and Terence's bawdy yet sophisticated double love-plot, The Eunuch. Together, these four plays demonstrate the development of Classical comedy, celebrating its richness, variety and extraordinary legacy to modern drama.
📒Aristophanes Plays 1 ✍ Aristophanes,
📝Aristophanes Plays 1 Book Synopsis : Reissue of Aristophanes' most famous plays in the Methuen Classical Greek Dramatists series Aristophanes was a unique writer for the comic stage as well as one of the most revealing about the society for which he wrote.
📒Four Plays By Aristophanes ✍ Aristophanes
📝Four Plays by Aristophanes Book Synopsis : The plays are filled with all kinds of satire, ranging from politics and sex to the humorous portrayals of popular Greek figures. The Clouds depicts the philosopher Socrates as a sneaky old man with a penchant for stirring up discontent and mischief. In Lysistrata, the women of Greece refuse to give their husbands sex unless they re-think their stance in the Peloponnesian War. The Frogs shows that the Greek god Dionysus bumbling around the Underworld because he misses the older and more tragic plays over the newer tongue-in-cheek ones. Aristophanes appreciated the more tragic plays, but he refused to let himself take them too seriously. He believed that the audiences needed something more in their lives than solemn tales about the Greek gods, so he made them laugh with his sarcastic and sardonic humor. He was also influential in that he revised the role of the classic Greek chorus ; most choruses were only present in the tragedies; however, he doubled the number of chorus singers and made them the voice of humorous reason amidst the comical confusion. As such, Aristophanes is remembered and praised by critics and audiences alike.
📒Fragments ✍ Aristophanes
📝Fragments Book Synopsis : The eleven plays by Aristophanes that have come down to us intact brilliantly illuminate the eventful period spanned by his forty-year career, beginning with the first production in 427 BCE. But the Athenians knew much more of his work: over forty plays by Aristophanes were read in antiquity, of which nearly a thousand fragments survive. These provide a fuller picture of the poet's ever astonishing comic vitality and a wealth of information and insights about his world. Jeffrey Henderson's new, widely acclaimed Loeb edition of Aristophanes is completed by this volume containing what survives from, and about, his lost plays, hitherto inaccessible to the nonspecialist, and incorporating the enormous scholarly advances that have been achieved in recent years. Each fragmentary play is prefaced by a summary of what can be inferred about its plot, characters, themes, theatricality, and topical significance. Also included in this edition are the ancient reports about Aristophanes' life, works, and influence on the later comic tradition.
📒 ✍ Еврипид
📝 Book Synopsis : Еврипид — один из самых знаменитых древнегреческих драматургов, последний великий афинский трагик, подаривший миру образ нового героя, благородного и человечного. До сих пор зрители в любой стране мира искренне сопереживают страданиям Медеи и Гекубы, несчастью Геракла, восторгаются самопожертвованием Алькесты и Ифигении, благородством Ипполита и Тесея.
📒Contemporary British Drama ✍ David Lane
📝Contemporary British Drama Book Synopsis : This book provides a critical assessment of dramatic literature since 1995, situating texts, companies and writers in a cultural, political and social context. It examines the shifting role of the playwright, the dominant genres and emerging styles of the past decade and how they are related.Beginning with an examination of how dramatic literature and the writer are placed in the contemporary theatre, the book then provides detailed analyses of the texts, companies and writing processes involved in six different professional contexts: new writing, verbatim theatre, writing and devising, Black and Asian theatre, writing for young people and adaptation and transposition. The chapters cover contemporary practitioners, including Simon Stephens, Gregory Burke, Robin Soans, Alecky Blythe, Kneehigh Theatre, Punchdrunk, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Edward Bond, Filter Theatre and Headlong, and offers detailed case-studies and examples of their work.
📒Aristophanes Lysistrata With Commentary ✍ Aristophanes
📝Aristophanes Lysistrata with Commentary Book Synopsis : Lysistrata is one of the few surviving plays written by Aristophanes. Originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC, it is a comic account of one woman's extraordinary mission to end The Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata convinces the women of Greece 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 its exposé of sexual relations in a male-dominated society and for its use of both double entendre and explicit obscenities. The dramatic structure represents a shift away from the conventions of Old Comedy, a trend typical of the author's career. It was produced in the same year as Thesmophoriazusae, another play with a focus on gender-based issues, just two years after Athens' catastrophic defeat in the Sicilian Expedition.
📒 ✍ Ксенофонт
📝 Book Synopsis : «Лакедемонская полития» – произведение древнегреческого писателя, историка и политического деятеля Ксенофонта (др.-греч. Ξενοφών; 430 до н. э. – 356 до н. э.).*** «Лакедемонская полития» – политическое эссе Ксенофонта, в котором он дает детальное описание государственного устройства Спарты. Автор восхваляет аристократический строй государства, утверждает, что основой сильной державы есть подчинение системе незыблемых законов и опора на воспитание граждан. Далее идет восхваление спартанского воспитания, которое предусматривает неприхотливость в быте, строгое подчинение командирам, готовность к самопожертвованию. Перу Ксенофонта принадлежит ряд исторических, философских произведений и эссе. Вот некоторые из них: «Анабасис», «Греческая история», «Воспоминания о Сократе», «Пир», «Киропедия», «Домострой», «Лакедемонская полития», «О коннице», «Охота», «Гиппарх». Все известные из перечисленных биографом Диогеном произведения Ксенофонта дошли до нашего времени. Это говорит о том, какой популярностью и славой пользовался писатель и его произведения среди своих современников и потомков. Его сочинения оказали огромное влияние на развитие древнегреческой прозы. Современному читателю произведения Ксенофонта будут интересны своей познавательностью. Из них можно почерпнуть сведения не только о быте, нравах античности, но и о мировоззрении древних греков, их взглядах на некоторые вопросы общественной и государственной жизни, актуальные и в наше время.
📒Sex And War On The American Stage ✍ Emily Klein
📝Sex and War on the American Stage Book Synopsis : American adaptations of Aristophanes’ enduring comedy Lysistrata have used laughter to critique sex, war, and feminism for nearly a century. Unlike almost any other play circulating in contemporary theatres, Lysistrata has outlived its classical origins in 411 BCE and continues to shock and delight audiences to this day. The play’s "make love not war" message and bawdy humor render it endlessly appealing to college campuses, activist groups, and community theatres – so much so that none of Aristophanes’ plays are performed in the West as frequently as Lysistrata. Starting with the play’s first mainstream production in the U.S. in 1930, Emily B. Klein explores the varied iterations of Lysistrata that have graced the American stage, page, and screen since the Great Depression. These include the Federal Theatre’s 1936 Negro Repertory production, the 1955 movie musical The Second Greatest Sex and Spiderwoman Theater’s openly political Lysistrata Numbah!, as well as Douglas Carter Beane’s Broadway musical, Lysistrata Jones, and the international Lysistrata Project protests, which updated the classic in the contemporary context of the Iraq War. Although Aristophanes’ oeuvre has been the subject of much classical scholarship, Lysistrata has received little attention from feminist theatre scholars or performance theorists. In response, this book maps current debates over Lysistrata’s dubious feminist underpinnings and uses performance theory, cultural studies, and gender studies to investigate how new adaptations reveal the socio-political climates of their origins. Emily B. Klein is Assistant Professor of English and Drama at Saint Mary's College of California. Her work has appeared in Women and Performance and Frontiers as well as Political and Protest Theater After 9/11: Patriotic Dissent (Routledge, 2012).
📒Lysistrata ✍ Ranjit Bolt
📝Lysistrata Book Synopsis : Lysistrata is one of the few surviving plays written by Aristophanes. Originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC, it is a comic account of one woman's extraordinary mission to end The Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece 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. The dramatic structure represents a shift away from the conventions of Old Comedy, a trend typical of the author's career. It was produced in the same year as Thesmophoriazusae, another play with a focus on gender-based issues, just two years after Athens' catastrophic defeat in the Sicilian Expedition. This is a new translation by Ranjit Bolt.
📒Lysistrata The Women S Festival And Frogs ✍ Aristophanes
📝Lysistrata The Women s Festival and Frogs Book Synopsis : Most readers nowadays encounter the plays of Aristophanes in the classroom, not the theater. Yet the "father of comedy" wrote his plays for the stage, not as literary texts. Many English translations of the plays were written decades ago, and in their outdated language they fail to capture the dramatic liveliness of the original comedies. Now Michael Ewans offers new and lively translations of three of Aristophanes' finest plays: Lysistrata, The Women's Festival, and Frogs. While remaining faithful to the original Greek, these translations are accessible to a modern audience—and actable on stage. Here readers will discover—in all its uncensored glory—the often raw sexual and scatological language Aristophanes used in his fantastically inventive works. This edition also contains all that a reader needs to understand the plays within a broader context. In his comprehensive introduction, Ewans discusses political and social aspects of Aristophanic comedy, the conventions of Greek theater, and the challenges of translating ancient Greek into modern English. In his theatrical commentaries—a unique feature of this edition—Ewans draws on his own experience of directing the plays in a replica of the original theater. In scene-by-scene analysis, he provides insight into the major issues each play raises in performance. The volume concludes with two glossaries—one of proper names and the other of Greek terms—as well as a bibliography that includes the most recent scholarship on Aristophanic comedy.