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Sommerstein, Alan H.

Overview
Works: 149 works in 918 publications in 7 languages and 14,663 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Comedy plays  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Tragedies (Drama)  Mythological plays  Humor  Conference papers and proceedings  Satirical literature  Legislative hearings 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Creator, Contributor, Author of introduction, Other, Commentator, Compiler
Classifications: PA3877, 882.01
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Most widely held works by Alan H Sommerstein
Oath and state in Ancient Greece by Alan H Sommerstein( )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and German and held by 1,051 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
The Acharnians : the clouds ; Lysistrata by Aristophanes( Book )

15 editions published between 1973 and 1984 in English and held by 755 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 )

30 editions published between 1977 and 1987 in 3 languages and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

24 editions published between 1977 and 2003 in English and held by 682 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
Oaths and swearing in ancient Greece by Alan H Sommerstein( )

24 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and German and held by 663 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 the nature of oaths as Greeks perceived it, the ways in which they were used (and sometimes abused) in Greek life and literature, and their inherent binding power. This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.--Provided by publisher
Aeschylus by Aeschylus( Book )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 651 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
Lysistrata and other plays by Aristophanes( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 613 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
Greek drama and dramatists by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 605 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
Peace by Aristophanes( Book )

24 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Peace is, in one respect, unique among Aristophanes' plays. The typical Aristophanic plot takes its start from something that is wrong with the current state of Athenian life and which, while it may be capable in principle of being corrected, stands next to no chance of ever being put right in practice except by the methods of comic fantasy. Peace likewise takes its start from something that is wrong with the current situation - namely, as in Acharnians and Lysistrata, the continuing war against the Peloponnesians; but on this occasion the wrong was one that was actually on the point of being set right in the hard world of reality. Aristophanes celebrates in anticipation the conclusion, after ten years, of the great war with Sparta. Peace, we are made to see, is within the grasp of the Greek peoples; let them make one final effort, and all difficulties and dangers will evaporate in the joys of feasting and rustic leisure."--BOOK JACKET
The Acharnians by Aristophanes( Book )

28 editions published between 1973 and 2015 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A farcical comedy about war and peace
The Eumenides by Aeschylus( Book )

24 editions published between 1989 and 2004 in 5 languages and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sommerstein presents a freshly constituted text, with introduction and commentary, of Eumenides, the climactic play of the only surviving complete Greek tragic trilogy, the Oresteia of Aeschylus. Of all Athenian tragic dramas, Eumenides is most consciously designed to be relevant to the situation of the Athenian state at the time of its performance (458 B.C.) and seems to have contained daring innovations both in technique and in ideas. The introduction and commentary to this edition seek to bring out how Aeschylus shaped to his purpose the legends he inherited, and ended the tragic story of Agamemnon's family in a celebration of Athenian civic unity and justice. The commentary also pays attention to the linguistic, metrical and textual problems to be encountered by the reader
The birds by Aristophanes( Book )

19 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unlike the author's other early plays, it includes no direct mention of the Peloponnesian War and there are few references to Athenian politics, and yet it was staged not long after the commencement of the Sicilian Expedition, an ambitious military campaign that had greatly increased Athenian commitment to the war effort
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 394 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 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a collection of 14 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 interactions with the society of classical Athens
Clouds by Aristophanes( Book )

22 editions published between 1982 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 352 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 )

14 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 344 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. Sir Kenneth Dover's authoritative edition, which drew together the relevant scholarship in a full introduction and extensive commentary, has been the most comprehensive edition available
Knights by Aristophanes( Book )

19 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 330 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 )

19 editions published between 1983 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 324 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 )

15 editions published in 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Horkos : the oath in Greek society( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What was an oath? When were oaths necessary? How seriously were oaths taken? How did literary artists exploit them? How did Greek oath practices relate to those of neighbouring cultures?" "This volume derives from a large-scale ongoing research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust on the oath in ancient Greece, and comprises seventeen chapters by experts in law, in political and social history, in literary criticism, and in cross-cultural studies, exploring a wide range of aspects of the oath in Greek society."--BOOK JACKET
 
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The Acharnians : the clouds ; Lysistrata
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The knights ; [and], Peace ; [and], the birds ; [and], the assemblywomen ; [and], WealthAeschylusLysistrata and other playsGreek drama and dramatistsPeaceThe AcharniansThe EumenidesThe birds
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Sommerstein, Alan 1947-

Sommerstein, Alan H.

Sommerstein, Alan Herbert.

Sommerstein, Alan Herbert 1947-

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