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The Clouds Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1970

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Since the appearance of Sommerstein's very successful literal translation less than twenty years ago, there have been at least five further new published attempts at rendering the play into English. It is certainly a bold enterprise to introduce yet one more translation onto the scene, but Peter Meineck has risen well to the challenge. The translation is straightforward and idiomatic, as well as well-paced and funny. . . Ian Storey s Introduction is perfect for undergraduates. --Max Nelson, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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An excellent translation, ideal for undergraduates. Readable and entertaining to a modern audience, Meineck doesn't make the fatal mistake of translating the humor with modern cultural equivalents--a mistake that has dated within years other translations of Aristophanes. Excellent notes and an outstanding introduction to Greek Comedy, Aristophanes, and Clouds by Ian Storey coupled with the superb translation will make this the edition to use in teaching for many years to come. --James A. Francis, University of Kentucky

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Ian Storey's helpful 41-page introduction clearly introduces Greekless students to Old Comedy, to Aristophanes, to what is known of how it was produced, to the literary structure of Old Comedy, to problems of interpreting Aristophanes, and to the Clouds itself. The translation aims to serve 'both as a tool for the effective execution of onstage comedy and as an accurate reflection of the Greek.' With its excellent, well-chosen notes, helpful bibliography, and its affordable paperback format, the Meineck translation is clear, readable, appropriately accurate. It earns high marks also for cost-effectiveness. --E. M. Macierowski, Benedictine College

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Signet (March 1, 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045161397X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451613974
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By clytemnestra215 on June 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
Strepsiades was a terrible character, and I adored him. The way that he stomped on everything insightful or serious with a fart joke should have pissed me off, but instead it had me laughing out loud. My favorite part is near the beginning, where the chorus comes on for the first time. This must have been hilarious seen on the stage. Socrates is revering the chorus and going, "O great Clouds!" and so forth, and Strepsiades says, with the same religious fervor, that he's so amazed and enraptured by him that if it's allowed, and even if it's not, he's so awed that he must take a crap. I tend to be enormously put off by crude humor, but for whatever reason, I find myself amused. Aristophanes did it right, if there can be a 'right' way to do gross-out humor. As said, not a fan in general.

The whole thing was a mixture of the terribly wonderful. It was interesting to see Socrates being approached as a regular guy with a bit of an ego problem. In my encounters of learning about Socrates, he'd always held some heavy connotations of serious thought, though he did have his light-hearted moments. It's both ridiculous and hilarious to see Socrates, such a revered scholar, being made fun of with such irreverence. Whenever I read Plato, I now have this impression in the back of my mind of some guy swinging down on a wire and talking in a haughty voice about ducks. I'd say the play did its job.
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By Mr.Ua on October 23, 2014
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a faithful rendition of a Greek comedy. That being said if you come into the experience expecting a great deal of wit and clever remarks, or a highly polished comedy, you will be disappointed. While this is one of the more clean works that is available, it is still largely made up of genital jokes, fart jokes, and dirty puns. however that is the nature of Greek comedy and I cannot, and do not, fault the interpreter for this. my rating is more towards the story itself and not the translation. Does it have some genuinely funny moments in it? Yes. Is it worth reading the entire thing to experience those few moments? Not for me, some people really enjoy this play, but unfortunately I am not one of them.
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Funny play! I enjoyed reading it. It gives an insight into Athenian culture. Fairly easy to read. Enjoyed it even thought it was a required book. Second go through necessary for better understanding of the book itself.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 1998
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I'm in a humanities program at the University of Vermont, and this book was like watching "Roseanne" after a marathon of "The McGlocklin Group" (or however one spells that). It's not humoruous in the way that many fine Shakespere funny--Aristoph. actually made me laugh out loud! Read this when you're in the mood for something witty, but not too pretentious.
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By Nikki on September 28, 2013
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Classical Greece at its best. Now that the schools have dropped the ball, we must educated ourselves. Aristophanes is a writer from thpusands of years ago but so very contemporary. Timeless.
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