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Works: 5,570 works in 13,609 publications in 24 languages and 109,910 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Comedy plays  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Humor  Satyr plays  Satirical literature  Academic theses  Textbooks 
Roles: Author, Creator, htt, Other, Honoree, Bibliographic antecedent, Author in quotations or text abstracts, Librettist
Classifications: PA3877, 882.01
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Most widely held works about Aristophanes
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Most widely held works by Aristophanes
The birds by Aristophanes( )

541 editions published between 1540 and 2020 in 15 languages and held by 7,194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to the birds of the world and their characteristicsand behavior. Includes birds of the tropics, sea and shore, river, marsh, woods, fields, and town
The frogs by Aristophanes( Book )

610 editions published between 1524 and 2020 in 13 languages and held by 6,124 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
The clouds by Aristophanes( Book )

468 editions published between 1521 and 2020 in 12 languages and held by 3,545 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
Lysistrata by Aristophanes( Book )

229 editions published between 1806 and 2020 in 11 languages and held by 3,213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Immortal Greek play in which women play hard to get in effort to make men-folk stop waging war
The wasps by Aristophanes( Book )

201 editions published between 1540 and 2020 in 14 languages and held by 1,762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

265 editions published between 1798 and 2020 in 14 languages and held by 1,603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A farcical comedy about war and peace
The knights ; [and], Peace ; [and], the birds ; [and], the assemblywomen ; [and], Wealth by Aristophanes( Book )

208 editions published between 1730 and 2020 in 9 languages and held by 1,433 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
Wealth by Aristophanes( )

201 editions published between 1517 and 2020 in 13 languages and held by 1,226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of 'Plutus' concerns Chremylus, a poor but just man, who accompanied by his body-servant Cario, consults the Delphic Oracle concerning his son, whether he ought not to be instructed in injustice and knavery and the other arts whereby worldly men acquire riches. By way of answer the god only tells him that he is to follow whomsoever he first meets upon leaving the temple, who proves to be a blind and ragged old man
Peace by Aristophanes( Book )

150 editions published between 1730 and 2020 in 12 languages and held by 1,192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This edition of Aristophanes' 'Peace' includes commentary focusing on the realities of life in classical Athens and examines the practical problems of staging. The introduction examines Aristophanes' early career and the politics of the Greek world
Aristophanes Lysistrata by J. Hilton Turner( Book )

24 editions published between 1927 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Aristophanes' most popular play, sex is a powerful agent of reconciliation. As war ravages ancient Greece, a band of women, led by Lysistrata, promise to deny their husbands all sex until they stop fighting. This volume of Lysistrata brings the play up to date with modern scholarship, providing an account of its history and containing new information about the comic theater and its social and political context. Lysistrata not only brims with topical references to social life, religion, and politics in classical Athens; it is also one of the best sources for information on the life of women in antiquity, offering a unique glimpse of their everyday life
The Acharnians of Aristophanes by Aristophanes( Book )

53 editions published between 1876 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thesmophoriazusae by Aristophanes( Book )

58 editions published between 1830 and 2020 in 7 languages and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thesmophoriazusae is perhaps the funniest of all Aristophanes' comedies, in which gender inversion and transvestism run riot as the tragic dramatist Euripides is made to take part in a hilarious spoof on some of his own favourite plot lines, with his own life at stake as well as that of his own loyal and much-put-upon old relative. This edition offers a freshly constituted text making use of papyri published within the last few years, together with the first fully annotated English translation there has been of this play."--BOOK JACKET
Ladies' day; an English version by Aristophanes( Book )

6 editions published between 1959 and 1960 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristophanes Peace by Aristophanes( Book )

28 editions published between 1826 and 2006 in 6 languages and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristophanes' Peace was performed at the City Dionysia in Athens in 421 B.C. as a decade-long war with Sparta seemed finally to be drawing to an end, and is one of only eleven extant plays by the greatest Old Comic poet. Olson's edition of the play, which replaces Platnauer's of 1969, is based on a complete new collation of the manuscripts, many of which have never been adequately reported before. The extensive commentary explores matters of all sorts, but it focuses in particular on the realities of day-to-day life in classical Athens and also examines the practical problems of staging. The substantial introduction includes essays on Aristophanes' early career, the politics of the Greek world in the late 420s, and the poet's theology
Aristophanes Clouds by Aristophanes( Book )

25 editions published between 1885 and 1993 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clouds, first performed in 423 BC, is a comedy about the revolutionary social, intellectual and educational changes that characterized the Athenian enlightenment of the late fifth century and that would profoundly shape the subsequent course of Western history
Ecclesiazusae by Aristophanes( Book )

45 editions published between 1833 and 2020 in 7 languages and held by 403 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 Lysistrata of Aristophanes by Aristophanes( Book )

35 editions published between 1896 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lysistrate by Aristophanes( Book )

58 editions published between 1515 and 2019 in 8 languages and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Lysistrate des Aristophanes gehört zu den großen politischen Komödien der Weltliteratur. Aufgeführt wurde sie in Athen 411 v. Chr. an einem Dionysosfest während des Peloponnesischen Krieges zwischen Athen und Sparta als ein Plädoyer für den Frieden. Da die Männer friedensunfähig sind, übernehmen die Frauen in einer revolutionären Aktion unter Führung der Lysistrate die Initiative zum Frieden, denn auch Frauen haben "Verstand" und "Einsicht". Indem die alten Frauen den Männern die Kontrolle über die Staats- und Kriegskasse nehmen und die jungen Frauen zusammen mit den Spartanerinnen in einen Liebesstreik treten, erzwingen sie gemeinsam im Spiel den Frieden und damit die Rettung Griechenlands. Das Ineinander von ernstem Thema und lasziver komischer Handlung ist ein konstitutives Merkmal der attischen Komödie der Klassik, das in der dionysischen Festkultur seine Wurzeln hat. Es hat die Rezeption der Lysistrate bis weit ins 20. Jh. massiv behindert und ist erst in der Moderne als Element einer karnevalesken Komik anerkannt worden. Die Edition des Stückes mit präziser Übersetzung und einem differenzierten Kommentar soll helfen, der Komödie ihren Platz im kulturellen Gedächtnis der Gegenwart zu sichern
Die Frösche des Aristophanes, mit ausgewählten antiken Scholien by Aristophanes( )

19 editions published between 1911 and 2020 in 4 languages and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sensitive Content: Access denied. This title from the De Gruyter Book Archive has been digitized in order to make it available for academic research. We grant access to a digital version of this title first published under National Socialism only on request and for the purpose of academic research. Learn more ref=›here
Birds ; Lysistrata ; Assembly-women ; Wealth by Aristophanes( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristophanes is the only surviving representation of Greek Old Comedy, the exuberant form of festival drama which flourished in Athens during the 5th century BC. His plays are renowned for their brilliant combination of fantasy and satire, characterized by the eponymous Cloudcuckooland of "Birds" and the remarkable extremes of female government in "Lysistrata" and "The assembly-women."
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