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Sommerstein, Alan H.

Works: 104 works in 817 publications in 7 languages and 13,425 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Comedy plays  Humor  Fiction  Juvenile works  Illustrated works  Study guides  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Creator, Contributor, Author of introduction, Commentator, Compiler
Classifications: PA3877, 882.01
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Most widely held works by Alan H Sommerstein
The Acharnians by Aristophanes( Book )

36 editions published between 1973 and 1998 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 1,269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Only eleven of his plays survive, and this volume contains 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
Modern phonology by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )

29 editions published between 1977 and 1987 in 3 languages and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The knights ; [and], Peace ; [and], The birds ; [and], The assemblywomen ; [and], Wealth by Aristophanes( Book )

22 editions published between 1977 and 2003 in English and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Agamemnon by Aeschylus( Book )

31 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aeschylus (ca. 525-456 BCE), the dramatist who made Athenian tragedy one of the world's great art forms, witnessed the establishment of democracy at Athens and fought against the Persians at Marathon. He won the tragic prize at the City Dionysia thirteen times between ca. 499 and 458, and in his later years was probably victorious almost every time he put on a production, though Sophocles beat him at least once. Of his total of about eighty plays, seven survive complete. The first volume of this new Loeb Classical Library edition offers fresh texts and translations by Alan H. Sommerstein of Persians, the only surviving Greek historical drama; Seven against Thebes, from a trilogy on the conflict between Oedipus' sons; Suppliants, on the successful appeal by the daughters of Danaus to the king and people of Argos for protection against a forced marriage; and Prometheus Bound (of disputed authenticity), on the terrible punishment of Prometheus for giving fire to humans in defiance of Zeus. The second volume contains the complete Oresteia trilogy, comprising Agamemnon, Libation-Bearers, and Eumenides, presenting the murder of Agamemnon by his wife, the revenge taken by their son Orestes, the pursuit of Orestes by his mother's avenging Furies, his trial and acquittal at Athens, Athena's pacification of the Furies, and the blessings they both invoke upon the Athenian people. The third volume collects all the major fragments of lost Aeschylean plays
Peace by Aristophanes( Book )

23 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Astor Place Theatre, Albert Poland and Franklin DeBoer present "Peace," a minstrel musical based on the play by Aristophanes, book by Tim Reynolds, music by Al Carmines, directed by Lawrence Kornfeld, costumes by Nancy Christofferson, lighting by Roger Morgan, with Jeffrey Apter, Reathel Bean, Essie Borden, Lee Crespi, Ann Dunbar, Craig Kuehl, Julie Kurnitz, Margot Lewitin, George McGrath, Dallett Norris, David Pursley, Arlene Rothlein, David Tice, David Vaughan, Margaret Wright, Al Camines piano, John Kaye percussion, choreography for the goddess Peace by Arlene Rothlein, beatle and mask designed by Ralph Lee, other prooperties designed by Leslie Holzer, production stage manager Charles Atlas
Lysistrata and other plays by Aristophanes( Book )

8 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an English translation of "Lysistrata," Arisophanes's 411 B.C. play about an Athenian woman who leads her fellow Greek wives in a sex strike until their husbands stop warring with each other; and includes two additional dramas by the ancient Greek playwright
The Eumenides by Aeschylus( Book )

23 editions published between 1989 and 2004 in 5 languages and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literature Online includes the KnowledgeNotes student guides, a unique collection of critical introductions to major literary works. These high-quality, peer-reviewed academic resources are tailored to the needs of literature students and serve as a complement to the guidance provided by lecturers and seminar teachers
Greek drama and dramatists by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of European drama began at the festivals of Dionysus in ancient Athens, where tragedy, satyr-drama and comedy were performed. Understanding this background is vital for students of classical, literary and theatrical subjects, and Alan H. Sommerstein's accessible study is the ideal introduction. The book begins by looking at the social and theatrical contexts and different characteristics of the three genres of ancient Greek drama. It then examines the five main dramatists whose works survive - Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes and Menander - discussing their styles, techniques and ideas, and giving short synopses of all their extant plays
Birds by Aristophanes( Book )

18 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The clouds by Aristophanes( Book )

19 editions published between 1982 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Catholic University of America Speech and Drama Department presents Aristophanes' "The Clouds," translated by William Arrowsmith, directed by Leo Brady, choral interpretation by Josephine McGarry Callan, setting and lighting by James D. Waring, costumes by Joseph Lewis
The frogs by Aristophanes( Book )

13 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Among extant Greek comedies, the Frogs is unique for the light it throws on classical Greek attitudes to tragedy and to literature in general. It merits a much more extensive commentary than it has so far received, for the establishment of the text itself has rested for over a century on collations which were inadequate and inaccurate. At the same time, its most problematic passages have been the subject, in recent years, of more scholarly articles than those of any other Greek play
Knights by Aristophanes( Book )

17 editions published between 1981 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Knights' is a satire on the social and political life of classical Athens during the Peloponnesian War, focusing on Paphlagonian, a comic monstrosity responsible for almost everything that's wrong with the world, and under the guise of whom Aristophanes was targeting the pro-war populist Cleon, who had previously brought a slander prosecution against the playwright. The play relies heavily on allegory and won first prize at the Lenaia festival when it was produced in 424 BC
Aeschylean tragedy by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )

23 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aeschylus was the dramatist who made Athenian tragedy one of the world's great art-forms. In this completely revised and updated edition of his book Alan H. Sommerstein, analysing the seven extant plays of the Aeschylean corpus (one of them probably in fact the work of another author) and utilising the knowledge we have of the seventy or more whose scripts have not survived, explores Aeschylus' poetic, dramatic, theatrical and musical techniques, his social, political and religious ideas, and the significance of his drama for our own day. Special attention is paid to the ""Oresteia"" trilogy
The wasps by Aristophanes( Book )

17 editions published between 1983 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A farce dealing with the antics of the Athenian jurors
The sound pattern of ancient Greek by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )

13 editions published in 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ecclesiazusae by Aristophanes( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aristophanes' Ecclesiazusae, probably produced in 391 BC, is a typically Aristophanic fantasy of gender inversion, obscenity and farce, the earliest surviving work in the western Utopian tradition, and the source of a blueprint for a communist society on which Plato may well have drawn in his Republic. This edition attempts to set the play, more closely than has usually been done, against the background of Athens at the time of its production, when she had just spurned what proved to be her last opportunity to escape from a war she had not the resources to fight, and to define the details of staging as precisely as the text will allow."--Jacket
Lysistrata by Aristophanes( Book )

17 editions published between 1981 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristophanes helped shape comedy ... despite their often fantasical premises, were fairly consistently concerned with contemporary politics and social institutions. ... mildly aristocratic ... patriotic ... suspicious of social innovation ... sympathetic to the struggles of the common people ... unrestrained in insult ... exuberantly bawdy
The tangled ways of Zeus : and other studies in and around Greek tragedy by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )

16 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book brings together nineteen studies by Alan Sommerstein on ancient Athenian drama, especially tragedy; five of these have not previously appeared in print, and almost all the others were first published (between 1992 and 2(106) in out-of-the-way journals, collections, or conference volumes. These appear here as originally written, but are accompanied by updating addenda. Though they cover a wide range of topics from the presentation of violence in drama to the socialization of the adolescent male, from the authenticity of play titles to the significance of one character calling another 'dearest, ' most of them focus on four or five themes: the dramatists' exploitation and modification of myth; how much their audiences could know or guess in advance about the content of a play; connected suites of plays that were produced together (trilogies and tetralogies); the information that can be gleaned from our fragmentary evidence about plays that have not survived; and some of the multifarious connections between Athenian tragic drama and Athenian society, including the socioeconomic composition of audiences, the relationship between Aeschylus' Oresicia and the politics of its day, and evidence supporting the tradition that Aeschylus desired to be commemorated on his tomb not as a poet but as a soldier. All are informed by the conviction that 'the study of ancient, or any other, literature is a branch of history'."--Jacket
Talking about laughter and other studies in Greek comedy by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )

17 editions published in 2009 in English and Italian and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fourteen studies, including some previously unpublished, by Alan Sommerstein on Aristophanes and his fellow dramatists. Each chapter deals with its own topic, but between them they build up a multifaceted picture of the dramatist, the genre, and its inter
Oath and state in Ancient Greece by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Main description: The oath was an institution of fundamental importance across a wide range of social interactions throughout the ancient Greek world, making a crucial contribution to social stability and harmony; yet there has been no comprehensive, dedicated scholarly study of the subject for over a century. This volume of a two-volume study explores how oaths functioned in the working of the Greek city-state (polis) and in relations between different states as well as between Greeks and non-Greeks
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The Acharnians
Alternative Names
Sommerstein, Alan 1947-

Sommerstein, Alan H.

Sommerstein, Alan Herbert.

Sommerstein, Alan Herbert 1947-

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