Lysistrata and Other Plays

Aristophanes - Author

Alan H. Sommerstein - Translator

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ISBN 9780140448146 | 304 pages | 29 Apr 2003 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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A new edition of comedies by the great satirist of ancient Greece

Writing at the time of political and social crisis in Athens Aristophanes was an eloquent yet bawdy challenger to the demagogue and the sophist. The Achanians is a plea for peace set against the background of the long war with Sparta. In Lysistrata a band of women tap into the awesome power of sex in order to end a war. The darker comedy of The Clouds satirizes Athenian philosophers, Socrates in particular, and reflects the uncertainties of a generation in which all traditional religious and ethical beliefs were being challenged.

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Preface to The Acharnians
Preface to The Clouds
Preface to Lysistrata