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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Table Of Contents
Lysistrata and Other PlaysChronology Introduction Further Reading Translator’s Note Note on the Text
Preface to The Acharnians THE ACHARNIANS Preface to The Clouds THE CLOUDS Preface to Lysistrata LYSISTRATA
Aristophanes was born, probably in Athens, c. 449 BC and died between 386 and 380 BC. Little is known about his life, but there is a portrait of him in Plato’s Symposium. He was twice threatened with prosecution in the… More about Aristophanes
Published by Penguin Classics Apr 29, 2003| 304 Pages| ISBN 9780140448146