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Sommerstein, Alan H.

Works: 141 works in 690 publications in 6 languages and 12,699 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Humor  Study guides  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Dictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Creator, Contributor, Author of introduction, Commentator
Classifications: PA3877, 882.01
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Most widely held works by Alan H Sommerstein
The Acharnians by Aristophanes( Book )

32 editions published between 1973 and 1998 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 1,260 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
Lysistrata by Aristophanes( Book )

25 editions published between 1981 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 823 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
Modern phonology by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )

28 editions published between 1977 and 1987 in 3 languages and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

21 editions published between 1977 and 2003 in English and held by 645 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
Peace by Aristophanes( Book )

19 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A rollicking attack on war-makers, the farmer-hero makes his famous trip to heaven on a dung beetle to discuss the issues with Zeus
Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes by Aeschylus( Book )

16 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 491 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
The Eumenides by Aeschylus( Book )

23 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Eumenides, the concluding drama in Aeschylus' sole surviving trilogy, the Oresteia, is not only one of the most admired Greek tragedies, but also one of the most controversial and contested, both to specialist scholars and public intellectuals. It stands at the crux of the controversies over the relationship between the fledgling democracy of Athens and the dramas it produced during the City Dionysia, and over the representation of women in the theatre and their implied status in Athenian society. The Eumenides enacts the trial of Agamemnon's son Orestes, who had been ordered under the threat of punishment by the god Apollo to murder his mother Clytemnestra, who had earlier killed Agamemnon.In the Eumenides, Orestes, hounded by the Eumenides (Furies), travels first to Delphi to obtain ritual purgation of his mother's blood, and then, at Apollo's urging, to Athens to seek the help of Athena, who then decides herself that an impartial jury of Athenians should decide the matter. Aeschylus thus presents a drama that shows a growing awareness of the importance of free will in Athenian thought through the mythologized institution of the first jury trial
Greek drama and dramatists by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )

9 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 470 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. Additional helpful features include succinct coverage of almost sixty other authors, a chronology of significant people and events, and an anthology of translated texts, all of which have been previously inaccessible to students. An up-to-date study bibliography of further reading concludes the volume. Clear, concise and comprehensive, and written by an acknowledged expert in the field, Greek Drama and Dramatists will be a valuable orientation text at both sixth form and undergraduate level
Birds by Aristophanes( Book )

18 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The clouds by Aristophanes( Book )

18 editions published between 1982 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 337 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 )

12 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 335 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 )

16 editions published between 1981 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 315 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
The wasps by Aristophanes( Book )

16 editions published between 1983 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A farce dealing with the antics of the Athenian jurors
Aeschylean tragedy by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )

16 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 306 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 Aeschylean Tragedy, 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, and the other surviving plays are viewed against the background of the four-play productions of which they formed part. There are chapters on Aeschylus' theatre, on his satyr-dramas, and on his dramatisations of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, and a detailed chapter-by-chapter guide to further reading. No knowledge of Greek is assumed, and all texts are quoted in translation --Book Jacket
The sound pattern of ancient Greek by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )

12 editions published in 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The congresswomen (Ecclesiazusae) by Aristophanes( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 296 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
The tangled ways of Zeus : and other studies in and around Greek tragedy by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )

11 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 290 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'."--BOOK JACKET
Thesmophoriazusae by Aristophanes( Book )

15 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thesmophoriazusae was performed in Athens in 411 BCE, most likely at the City Dionysia, and is among the most brilliant of Aristophanes' eleven surviving comedies. It is the story of the crucial moment in a quarrel between the tragic playwright Euripides and Athens' women, who accuse him of slandering them in his plays and are holding a meeting at one of their secret festivals to set a penalty for his crimes. Thesmophoriazusae is a brilliantly inventive comedy, full of wild slapstick humour and devastating literary parody, and is a basic source for questions of gender and sexuality in late 5th
Talking about laughter and other studies in Greek comedy by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )

15 editions published in 2009 in English and Italian and held by 212 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 )

14 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. A. H. Sommerstein, University of Nottingham, UK; A. J. Bayliss, University of Birmingham, UK
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The Acharnians
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Sommerstein, Alan 1947-

Sommerstein, Alan H.

Sommerstein, Alan Herbert.

Sommerstein, Alan Herbert 1947-

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