Aristophanes: Wasps

Edited with an introduction, translation and commentary by Alan H. Sommerstein

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ISBN: 9780856682131

Publication: December 1, 1983

Series: Aris & Phillips Classical Texts

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Wasps was first produced at the Lenaea festival of 422 BC. The play is at once a political satire and also, like Clouds and the lost Banqueters, a comedy on the theme of the conflict of generations. The play follows the efforts of a mischievous and mercurial old man to escape the control of a stern and heavy son. In its political aspect it attacks the leading Athenian politician Cleon, as Knights had. But Wasps represents a departure as it concentrates less on Cleon personally, and more on his and his associates’ alleged domination of the law courts and the men who served in them as jurors. First published in 1983, this edition contains addenda and a new bibliography. Greek text with facing-page English translation, commentary and notes.

Alan H. Sommerstein is Professor of Greek and Director for Ancient Drama and its Reception, University of Nottingham, and editor of a celebrated complete edition of Aristophanes volumes in the Aris & Phillips Classical Texts series. His many other publications include 'Aeschylean Tragedy' (1996), an edition of 'Aeschylus Eumenides' (1989), 'Greek Drama and Dramatists' (2002) and 'Sophocles: Selected Fragmentary Plays' Volumes 1 and 2 (2006, 2011) in the Aris & Phillips Classical Texts series.


PREFACE
REFERENCES AND ABBREVIATIONS
WASPS
 Introductory Note
 Note on the Text
 Sigla
 Addenda including Bibliography
 Text and Translation
 Notes

‘For an overall series of the entire corpus, including critical text, commentary, translation, and full introduction, all subsumed to one man’s intelligent analysis and wide-ranging scholarship, Sommerstein stands triumphantly alone. […] Aristophanes is lucky to have so devoted, erudite, and witty a modern celebrant.’
Scholia
 

Format: Paperback

Edition: First published in the United Kingdom in 1983. Reprinted with addenda in 2004.

Size: 210 × 147 mm

280 Pages

Copyright: © 1983

ISBN: 9780856682131

Publication: December 1, 1983

Series: Aris & Phillips Classical Texts

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