Aristophanes I has ratings and 12 reviews. Matt said: I don’t think anybody cares how I rate Aristophanes: people have been enjoying his plays for tw. Aristophanes 1: Clouds, Wasps, Birds by Aristophanes, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Results 1 – 30 of Aristophanes Plays: II: Wasps, Clouds, Birds, Festival Time, and Frogs (World Dramatists) (Vol 2) by Aristophanes and a great selection of.

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Tiwi Bittie rated it really liked it Oct 13, Although Clouds is always presented as a satire about Socrates, I found it afistophanes more a satire about the main character Strepsiades, his son Pheidippides and sophist reasoning.

I rated it liked it Jul 05, Meineck’s endnotes instruct the reader as to pronunciation but offer no clue as to why these clouxs alone, unlike “Strepsiades,” “Pheidippides,” “Labes” and others, have been given English equivalents. Aristophanes satirized the political and social issues of 5th-century-BC Athens, such as the ongoing Peloponnesian War, the structure of the city-state, the role of women in public life, and the influence of philosophers notably Socrates in shaping public opinion.

Echos du monde classique: We read “The Clouds” in freshman year seminar and I remember begin surprised by some of the theatrical conventions for Greek comedy and enjoying the lampooning of philosophers. If the language itself does not seize the students’ imaginations, these will be incidental matters, and one fears that in this set of translations, it won’t.

So we can be sure that the lines themselves will play.

Aristophanes I: Clouds/Wasps/Birds

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Thus it comes equipped also with an excellent general introduction plus historical introductions to each play. Nov 01, Stone rated it really liked it Shelves: Reading the notes I saw how raunchy most of it was. The notes would be useful in the classroom. Last lcouds not least, for those waspps you who want nothing but an hour-long LOL spree, this book is also strongly recommended thanks to Meineck’s brilliantly hilarious translation.


A general Introduction, introductions to the plays, and detailed notes on staging, history, religious practice and myth combine to make this a remarkably useful teaching text. There is also the fact that Meineck first made cloyds translations as performance texts and has subsequently road tested them in a variety of theatres over the past eight years xxxvii. USA first published Feel free to take a crayon and a sense of humor to their pages, however: Actually it’s probably a satire about all and everything and probably about Athenian life in general.

It may seem pointless after the above criticisms to mention that the introduction to this volume, by Ian Storey, is excellent, and that the footnotes, endnotes and bibliographical suggestions by Meineck are also quite useful and accessible.

Looking for beautiful books? Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. The comic hero of Clouds and his son both retain their original names whose meaning is glossed for us in the notes. But it’s clear from Strepsiades’ reply — “Why not, since the ‘lady’ never went on campaign” — that the old Marathon-fighter would not be caught dead aping effeminate mannerisms in the way Meineck portrays him. Aristophanes, 1 Palmer Bovie. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x I highly recommend this book to readers new to Aristophanes. By far the most popular figure in it was Bill Clinton.

Erica Ryan rated it really liked it Oct 26, C Arrowsmith, Parker, and Lattimore: Jul 03, Matt rated it liked it. This time through, I was even more astounded by the bawdyness of the comedy there’s a naked flute girl bit at the end, for example, that I think would push boundaries today. Bryn Mawr Classical Review Aside from all the literariness, what Aristophanes’ plays impressed me the most was its unaffected embrace of humanism, even the gods and goddesses were portrayed with excessive human sensitivities.

The claim to attention of Meineck’s volume is that not only does he offer versions of the three comedies which. Originally adapted for the stage, Peter Meineck’s revised aristopahnes achieve a level of fidelity appropriate for classroom use while managing to preserve the wit and energy that led The New Yorker to judge his Clouds The best Greek drama we’ve ever seen anywhere,” and The Times Literary Supplement to describe his Wasps as “Hugely enjoyable and very, very funny.

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From personal aristiphanes experience I’d say there’s no doubt that Clouds stands out in many ways as the single best play by comical standards. Hubbard, University of Texas at Austin.

Aristophanes I: Clouds/Wasps/Birds by Aristophanes

They work by changing topical Greek subjects tackled by Aristophanes into rough American midth-century analogs. But for the much more numerous class of readers in classics-intranslation or drama studies courses these versions have a lot to recommend aristopphanes.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The three plays in the book are inarguably the best representations of the theatrical achievements of Aristophanes.

With a fine ear trained by years of practical experience as Director of the award-winning Aquila Theatre Company, Meineck knows exactly what works on stage before a contemporary audience, yet sacrifices none of the allusive subtlety and satirical vigor of the plays in their original historical context. This website uses cookies aristopyanes ensure you get the best experience on our website. The Best Books of I always thought I knew much about ancient Athenian life until I started reading primary sources from contemporary Athenians, and the more I read, the more strange and foreign ancient Athens becomes.

People gathered at Dionysia and Lenaia to celebrate the latest dramatic achievements from all of Hellas while indulging themselves with revels and carnivals.

Worse, he imports gratuitous sexual humor that to me seems wholly out of Strepsiades’ idiom, making him behave like a mincing lecher as he demonstrates for Socrates how to call a certain Ameinias by name: Contact Contact Us Help. What kind of preposterous image must that be!