Frogs and Other Plays (2020)

Frogs and Other Plays Aristophanes David B. Barrett Shomit Dutta Frogs and Other Plays Marrying deft social commentary to a rich earthy comedy the three comedies collected in Aristophanes The Frogs and Other Plays offers a unique insight into one of the most turbulent periods in Ancie
  • Title: Frogs and Other Plays
  • Author: Aristophanes David B. Barrett Shomit Dutta
  • ISBN: 9780140449693
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Paperback
Frogs and Other Plays Aristophanes David B. Barrett Shomit Dutta Marrying deft social commentary to a rich, earthy comedy, the three comedies collected in Aristophanes The Frogs and Other Plays offers a unique insight into one of the most turbulent periods in Ancient Greek history This Penguin Classics edition is translated by David Barrett with revisions, an introduction and notes by Shomit Dutta.The master of ancient Greek comic draMarrying deft social commentary to a rich, earthy comedy, the three comedies collected in Aristophanes The Frogs and Other Plays offers a unique insight into one of the most turbulent periods in Ancient Greek history This Penguin Classics edition is translated by David Barrett with revisions, an introduction and notes by Shomit Dutta.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 The clash of generations and values is also the object of Aristophanes satire in Wasps, in which an old fashioned father and his loose living son come to blows and end up in court And in Women at the Thesmophoria, the famous Greek tragedian Euripides, accused of misogyny, persuades a relative to infiltrate an all women festival to find out whether revenge is being plotted against him.Shomit Dutta s introduction discusses Aristophanes life, the cultural context of his work and conventions of Greek comedy This updated version of David Barrett s translation also includes extensive notes and a preface for each play.Aristophanes c.445 386 BC was probably born in Athens Little is known about his life, but there is a portrait of him in Plato s Symposium He was twice threatened with prosecution for his outspoken attacks on the prominent politician Cleon, but in 405 he was publicly honoured and crowned for promoting Athenian civic unity in The Frogs Aristophanes had his first comedy produced when he was about twenty one, and wrote forty plays in all The eleven surviving plays of Aristophanes are published in the Penguin Classics series as The Birds and Other Plays, Lysistrata and Other Plays, The Wasps and Other Plays and The Frogs and Other Plays.If you enjoyed The Frogs and Other Plays, you might like Aristophanes Lysistrata and Other Plays, also available in Penguin Classics.
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  1. Daniel Chaikin

    59 The Frogs and Other Plays The Wasps The Poet and the Women by Aristophanes, translated by David Barretttranslation 1964 format 217 page Penguin Classic paperback, 1966 re printacquired 2006, from my neighbor read Sep 6 8rating 3 stars The play Frogs is a gem, and includes maybe the earliest literary criticism available, albeit done in humor The other two plays were like meh sitcoms, or maybe I just wasn t in the mood.Greek comedy had a long history and even the tragic playwrights wrote raunc [...]

  2. Jesse

    The Frogs is hilarious The plot is let s bring Euripides back from the dead The characters then go to hell and get into arguments with Aeschylus and Sophocles I love this aspect of comedy, like when Woody Allen brings in Marshall Mcluhan during Annie Hall Now, comedy, being for the people, is usually very topical, and Aristophanes references a lot of things we are clueless about However, this Penguin edition is very helpful where scholars know anything, there are notes As long as you re willing [...]

  3. Anita

    This collection of plays wasn t my first foray into classical literature, nor classical drama, and made me appreciative of the Greek plays I read in high school Yes, y all, this is why high school English is important and will forever haunt you I read this as part of Jean sBookishThoughts YouTube read along one of my firsts I found the plays entertaining and not as hard to understand as I imagined My Penguin s Classics edition helpfully had a full notes section which provided background informa [...]

  4. Monique

    I wanted to give it 4 so bad because of Wasps and Women at the Thesmophoria but Frogs let it down Not because it isn t as culturally important as they other it definitely it It was because it was a tad serious than the others and it just felt like instead of playful fun he was just being rude to his tragic predecessors The other two were ridiculously funny though, I laughed quite a bit and I did enjoy Frogs but I just wasn t laughing as much.I bought the rest Aristophanes collection when I was [...]

  5. Stephanie Black

    I love these plays Everyone should read them Even though they were written so long ago they are still funny Also they a cleaver like a mixture of Jane Austen wit with Shakespeare thrown in as well.

  6. Steven Piet

    Good book but not a quick nor easy read I ve literally stood where the ancient Greeks performed such plays and it is nice to have finally read some of them These were part morality plays and part attacks on rivals I should have been paying attention to the footnotes sooner I guess sometimes i m an arrogant reader and think i can just read without paying attention to all the footnotes Or, perhaps i just like to get into the flow of the book and won t want distractions, even in the form of footno [...]

  7. EsthaL

    Hilarious and supremely entertaining , there s never a dull moment Frogs steals the show Not only does it have the sassiest dialogues but the hits keep on coming one after the other This is a must read for the ones who are familiar with Greek tragedies and for the ones who are not.

  8. Tony Foxhoven

    LOVED THIS After reading all of the tragedies I wanted to continue on into the comedies This was one of the most enjoyable I have read of the ancient writings

  9. Andrada

    I ve been avoiding Aristophanes for some time mostly because he liked to ridicule Socrates whom I have a particular soft spot for among the ancient philosophers or well Socrates as seen through Plato s eyes But while recently reading Procopius pastiche of Greek and Roman invectives The Secret History that is , my curiosity was piqued by the many references he included from Aristophanes plays I decided therefore to try reading a couple of them.I rather enjoyed his work in the end At times outrage [...]

  10. Spencer Woollaston

    This was my first time reading Aristophanes, so I m yet to read those of the surviving plays not included in this edition As such, at the moment I can t really comment on whether this particular edition is better than another by choice of texts However, I think its worth mentioning that after this, I m definitely going to be reading the rest of Aristophanes work, entertaining as they were First things first, please drop the common misconception that classic texts and especially antiquity were al [...]

  11. March

    Translating Aristophanes into English must be the most thankless task in classical scholarship I have read a many different translations Roche, the tryhard Fitts, the stale Dickinson of various plays of Aristophanes and none of them has managed to get a laugh out of me David Barrett s translations are the freshest and most engaging I have read Half in prose and half in verse with varied metric and rhyme schemes to keep things interesting , the result is a little like a W S Gilbert libretto the r [...]

  12. Jordan LeMasonry

    Aristophanes demonstrates clear mastery of the Comedy genre with both Frogs and Women at the Thesmophoria, though I get the impression with both of these plays that he feels a little jaded by all the attention Tragedy receives over Comedy Nonetheless, his texts are witty and engaging to this day, and present intriguing insight into the political landscape of Ancient Greece.Frogs has Dionysus, God of revelry and wine, descending into the Underworld with the intention of reviving Euripides because [...]

  13. aegis

    a fairly entertaining collection of three comedies, though certainly not funny by modern standards, and have all the rank misogyny you might expect from an ancient greek writer the second, women, is particularly terrible in this respect, i ended up skipping it midway through the 1st act , and as far as the translation goes, heavy use of british english isms such as sod off make me wonder just how much of aristophanes i m really reading in general, the value of these plays are best characterized [...]

  14. Serina

    3.4Women at the Thesmophoria Wasps FrogsWomen at the ThesmophoriaAmazing, hilarious, and sassy The end where Euripides plays were parodied extensively was very well done.WaspsLess funny, but still a very silly portrayal of court practices in ancient Athens.FrogsMy least favorite If I knew all of Euripides and Aeschylus plays, this would have been endurable But the Chorus just kept going On and on and onAristophanes was a great comedic playwright and his double entendres and burns are right on p [...]

  15. Eric

    Very funny comedy from the early days of comedy Requires some knowledge of tragedy and the political situation in which it was written, but I found that the notes were generally very helpful Other passages like the first half of the Frogs required very few notes and were hilarious Worth looking at as a counterpoint to the well known Greek Tragedians.

  16. Mark Reed

    Besides the plays themselves being fun, I really enjoyed the introduction and the footnotes They inspired me to go online and pick up some Sophocles, Aeschylus, and Euripedes I realize that those are tragedians, but if you ve read Frogs and all its literary criticism of the tragedies, you ll know why my interest in them was piqued.

  17. Amy

    Even in the modern era, most of the jokes are still fairly relevant The cross between the use of slapstick comedy and the subtler jokes make for an enjoyable read It is even relevant when you know who Euripides and co is The brutal mockery aimed at the famous misogynist opens another door And Who knew there were so many cross dressers in Athens

  18. Mateen Ar

    Aristophanes is a god of a comedy writer and political critic, and he definitely did a great job of Frogs as far as I ve read it in the original Greek, but this translation has ct some of the rude jokes and has not obeyed the rule of faithful translating I can never recommend such an edition to anyone.

  19. Derek

    Most certainly my favorite lot of Aristophanes extant works, of which Frogs is likely my favorite of any of his plays, primarily because it perfectly caps off my reading of the Greek tragedians and thereby ending Old Comedy.

  20. Lishesque

    Some thoughts A Great introduction really helped for someone new to Aristophanic comedy.B Re Wasps Wow this is really explicit for something I m teaching to 17 year olds C Favourite line There you are, you dirty old muff chaser

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