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Sommerstein, Alan H.

Works: 141 works in 645 publications in 5 languages and 12,335 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Dictionaries  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Humor 
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 : the clouds ; Lysistrata by Aristophanes( Book )
13 editions published between 1973 and 1985 in English and held by 757 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
The knights ; [and], Peace ; [and], The birds ; [and], The assemblywomen ; [and], Wealth by Aristophanes( Book )
20 editions published between 1977 and 2003 in English and held by 646 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
Modern phonology by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )
19 editions published between 1977 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Greek drama and dramatists by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )
9 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 580 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 )
17 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
Oath and state in Ancient Greece by Alan H Sommerstein( )
12 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 522 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
Lysistrata and other plays by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )
9 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 521 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
Aeschylus by Aeschylus( Book )
12 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An extraordinary drama of flight and rescue arising from women's resistance to marriage, The Suppliants is surprising both for its exotic color and for its forceful enactment of the primal struggle between male and female, lust and terror, brutality and cunning. In his translation of this ancient Greek drama, Peter Burian introduces a new generation of readers to a powerful work of Aeschylus' later years. He conveys the strength and daring of Aeschylus' language in the idiom of our own time, while respecting what is essentially classical in this dramatist's art: the rigor of the formal cons
The Acharnians by Aristophanes( Book )
17 editions published between 1973 and 1998 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A farcical comedy about war and peace
The Eumenides by Aeschylus( Book )
21 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the third work in Aeschylus' "Oresteia" trilogy, Apollo decrees that Orestes shall stand trial before Athena
Birds by Aristophanes( Book )
16 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The tangled ways of Zeus : and other studies in and around Greek tragedy by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )
10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 345 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 he 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
The clouds by Aristophanes( Book )
17 editions published between 1982 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 336 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 )
11 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 333 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
Aeschylean tragedy by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )
15 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 330 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
Knights by Aristophanes( Book )
16 editions published between 1981 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
If the American Editor of this little volume (which is sent forth as a test of the character of American learning) deemed it either expedient or necessary to expatiate upon the merits of an author so celebrated and gifted as A ristophanes, he might extend his eulogia beyond the patient perusal of the moderns. The eloquent and erudite preliminary discourse by the accomplished translator, however, anticipates the remarks which otherwise would be expanded. No satirist, ancient or modern, ever enjoyed the deserved reputation of A ristophanes, and no one ever depicted, in colors so vivid and unfadi
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
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 304 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
The sound pattern of ancient Greek by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )
11 editions published in 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ecclesiazusae by Aristophanes( Book )
8 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 294 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
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Alternative Names
Sommerstein, Alan 1947-
Sommerstein, Alan H.
Sommerstein, Alan Herbert.
Sommerstein, Alan Herbert 1947-