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Product Details

  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463726066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463726065
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,787,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A work of unusual excellence and an indispensable tool for all who are interested in understanding Aristophanes."--Hermathena


"A splendid book, easily the best edition of a play of Aristohanes yet to appear in this country."--Classical Review


"At last we have a major edition and a splendid commentart remarkable both for its learning and its conciseness." --American Journal of Philology


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Text: English, Greek --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By An Avid Reader on December 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
All dramatists, playwrights and intellectuals should be thoroughly familiar with Aristophanes. His work will live on for thousands of more years!
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9 of 13 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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