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Sommerstein, Alan H.

Works: 232 works in 1,074 publications in 7 languages and 18,680 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Comedy plays  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Tragedies (Drama)  Mythological plays  Conference papers and proceedings  Humor  Satirical literature  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Contributor, Creator, Author of introduction, Compiler, Other, edi, wac, Annotator, Commentator
Classifications: PA3877, 882.01
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Alan H Sommerstein
Oath and state in Ancient Greece by Alan H Sommerstein( )

18 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and German and held by 1,399 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
The knights ; [and], Peace ; [and], the birds ; [and], the assemblywomen ; [and], Wealth by Aristophanes( Book )

31 editions published between 1977 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 998 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( )

29 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 896 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
The Acharnians : the clouds ; Lysistrata by Aristophanes( Book )

13 editions published between 1973 and 1984 in English and held by 745 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 contmporary philosophy
Modern phonology by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )

31 editions published between 1977 and 1980 in 3 languages and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Birds by Aristophanes( Book )

10 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greek drama and dramatists by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 640 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
Lysistrata and other plays by Aristophanes( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 583 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 wasps by Aristophanes( Book )

21 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A farce dealing with the antics of the Athenian jurors
Ecclesiazusae by Aristophanes( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 561 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
Peace by Aristophanes( Book )

26 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 550 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 )

29 editions published between 1973 and 2015 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A farcical comedy about war and peace
Horkos : the oath in Greek society( )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 511 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."--Jacket
Wealth by Aristophanes( )

10 editions published in 2001 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume is the first edition with commentary since 1907 of Aristophanes' last surviving play, in which, as so often before, an audacious and imaginative hero finds a miraculous remedy for the all-too-real ills of the contemporary world - in this case the concentration of wealth in the hands of those who don't deserve it at the expense of those who do. To achieve this he needs the aid of no less than three gods, and the play contains the fullest single surviving account of a visit to a sanctuary of the healing god Asclepius."--BOOK JACKET
The Eumenides by Aeschylus( Book )

20 editions published between 1989 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 485 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
Aeschylus by Aeschylus( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 465 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 and probably also at Salamis, and had one of his productions sponsored by the young Pericles. He was twice invited to visit sicily, and it was there that he died. At Athens he competed for the tragic prize at the City Dionysia about nineteen times between circa 499 and 458, and won it on thirteen occasions; in his later years he 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 (472), on the recent war, the only surviving Greek historical drama; Seven against Thebes (467), the third play of a trilogy, on the conflict between Oedipus' sons which ends when they kill each other; Suppliants, the first or second play of a trilogy, on the successful appeal by the daughters of Danaus to the king and people of Argos for protection against a forced marriage to their cousins (whom they will later murder, all but one); and Prometheus Bound (of disputed authenticity), on the terrible punishment of Prometheus for giving fire to humans in defiance of Zeus (with whom he will later be reconciled after preventing his overthrow). The second volume contains the complete Oresteia trilogy (458), 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
The tangled ways of Zeus : and other studies in and around Greek tragedy by Alan H Sommerstein( Book )

15 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 449 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
Indexes by Alan H Sommerstein( )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume, comprising comprehensive indexes to the series The Comedies of Aristophanes. [from publisher's advertisement]
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 423 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
Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes by Aeschylus( Book )

4 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The plays of Aeschylus, p.1 -- the plays of sophocles, p.99 -- The plays of Euripides, P.203 -- The plays of aristophanes, p.455
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The Acharnians : the clouds ; Lysistrata
The Acharnians : the clouds ; LysistrataBirdsGreek drama and dramatistsLysistrata and other playsThe waspsEcclesiazusaePeaceThe Acharnians
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Sommerstein, Alan 1947-

Sommerstein, Alan H.

Sommerstein, Alan H. (Alan Herbert)

Sommerstein, Alan Herbert.

Sommerstein, Alan Herbert 1947-