Aristophanes - Peace: Greek Text with Introduction and Commentary (Paperback)(Greek Modern)
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Short Description for Aristophanes - Peace This is an edition, with introduction and commentary, of the Greek text of one of only 11 preserved plays of Aristophanes, the greatest master of the Athenian comic theatre. The commentary focuses on the realities of day-to-day life in the ancient world and includes an examination of the practical problems of staging.
- Published: 05 June 2003
- Format: Paperback 406 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780199262847 ISBN 10: 0199262845
- Sales rank: 751,637
Full description for Aristophanes - Peace
Aristophanes' Peace was performed at the City Dionysia in Athens in 421 BC as a decade-long war with Sparta seemed finally to be drawing to an end, and is one of only eleven extant plays by the greatest Old Comic poet. Olson's edition of the play, which replaces Platnauer's of 1969, is based on a complete new collation of the manuscripts, many of which have never been adequately reported before. The extensive commentary explores matters of all sorts, but it focuses in particular on the realities of day-to-day life in classical Athens and also examines the practical problems of staging. The substantial introduction includes essays on Aristophanes' early career, the politics of the Greek world in the late 420s, and the poet's theology.