Edited by S. Douglas Olson
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Aristophanes Acharnians by S. Douglas Olson
Book DescriptionAristophanes' Acharnians was performed at the Lenaia festival in Athens in 425 BCE. The play is the story of an old peasant farmer, Dikaiopolis, who has grown so disgusted with the Peloponnesian War and the patent self-serving of the city's leading politicians (abetted by the stupidity of his fellow-citizens) that he concludes a separate peace with the enemy. As a result, he gains access to an immense supply of wonderful things, including wine, eels, thrushes, and a pair of beautiful and compliant women. Whether he is a traitor and a villain, or simply the cleverest and most daring man in the city, is a matter of extensive debate within the play. Acharnians itself, at any rate, took first place and is generally regarded as one of Aristophanes' two or three most brilliant surviving comedies. Olson offers the first complete new scholarly edition of the play in almost a century. The text and apparatus are based on a fresh examination of the papyri and manuscripts, many of which have never been studied systematically, and are supported by a new manuscript stemma. The Introduction contains sections on the poet himself; the historical setting and political argument of the play; the mythological and literary background; division of parts, costumes, and props; staging; the use of dialects; and the history of the text. The commentary covers a wide range of literary, historical, and philological issues, with particular attention to staging and details of everyday life. All Greek in the introduction and commentary not cited for technical reasons is translated, making much of the edition accessible to general scholarly readers.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199275861
(215mm x 138mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 5-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author S. Douglas Olson
Aristophanes: Wasps, Hardback (December 2015)
This volume represents a thorough re-evaluation of Aristophanes' Wasps, including a complete, independent collation of the manuscripts, an introduction that guides readers around fundamental information on the play, and an extensive commentary.
Learned Banqueters, Hardback (May 2012)
In The Learned Banqueters, Athenaeus describes a series of dinner parties at which the guests quote extensively from Greek literature. The work (which dates to the very end of the second century ad) is amusing reading and of extraordinary value as a treasury of quotations from works now lost.
Aristophanes 'Thesmophoriazusae', Paperback (October 2008)
Aristophanes' Thesmophoriazusae is the story of a quarrel between the tragic playwright Euripides and Athens' women, who accuse him of slandering them in his plays. Austin and Olson offer a fresh text of the play, an extensive introduction, and a detailed commentary.
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Describes a series of dinner parties at which the guests quote extensively from Greek literature. This work provides information about different cuisines and foodstuffs; the music and entertainments that ornamented banquets; and the intellectual talk that was the heart of Greek conviviality.
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Author Biography - S. Douglas Olson
S. Douglas Olson is Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota.
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