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Barrett, David 1914-1998

Works: 9 works in 61 publications in 3 languages and 2,101 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Bibliography‡vCatalogs  Catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Humor  Bibliography 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor
Classifications: PA3877, 882.082
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Most widely held works by David Barrett
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 667 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
The wasps ; The poet and the women ; The frogs by Aristophanes( Book )

13 editions published between 1964 and 2003 in English and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wasps - The poet and the women - The frogs; Aristophanes was the last and greatest of the Old Attic Comedians - Today much of the humour and fantasy seems oddly contemporary
Frogs and other plays by Aristophanes( Book )

8 editions published between 1964 and 2007 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The master of ancient Greek comic drama, Aristophanes combined slapstick, humour and cheerful vulgarity with acute political observations. In The Frogs, written during the Peloponnesian War, Dionysus descends to the Underworld to bring back a poet who can help Athens in its darkest hour, and stages a great debate to help him decide between the traditional wisdom of Aeschylus and the brilliant modernity of Euripides"--Publisher website (August 2007)
Catalogue of the Wardrop Collection and of other Georgian books and manuscripts in the Bodleian Library by Bodleian Library( Book )

7 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voices from Finland : an anthology of Finland's verse and prose in English, Finnish and Swedish by Elli Tompuri( Book )

5 editions published in 1947 in English and Miscellaneous languages and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes by Aeschylus( Book )

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

Aristophanes by Aristophanes( Book )

2 editions published in 1978 in Undetermined and English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristophanes, one of the world's greatest comic dramatists, has been admired since antiquity for his iridescent wit and beguiling fantasy, exuberant language, and brilliant satire of the social, intellectual, and political life of Athens at its height. This is the fourth and final volume in the new Loeb Classical Library edition of his plays. Frogs was produced in 405 BCE, shortly after the deaths of Sophocles and Euripides. Dionysus, the patron god of theater, journeys to the underworld to retrieve Euripides. There he is recruited to judge a contest between the traditional Aeschylus and the modern Euripides, a contest that yields both sparkling comedy and insight on ancient literary taste. In Assemblywomen Athenian women plot to save Athens from male misgovernance. They transfer power to themselves and institute a new social order in which all inequalities based on wealth, age, and beauty are eliminated? with raucously comical results. The gentle humor and straightforward morality of Wealth made it the most popular of Aristophanes' plays from classical times to the Renaissance. Here the god Wealth is cured of his blindness; his newfound ability to distinguish good people from bad brings playfully portrayed social consequences
Catalogue of the Caro Minasian collection of Armenian printed books by Wadham College( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in Multiple languages and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Audience level: 0.50 (from 0.16 for Aeschylus, ... to 1.00 for The knight ...)

The wasps ; The poet and the women ; The frogs
Alternative Names
Barrett, D.

David Barrett Brits erudiet (1914-1998)

The wasps ; The poet and the women ; The frogsFrogs and other playsAeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, AristophanesAristophanes