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By Mark Griffith

Aristophanes is largely credited with having increased the classical paintings of comedy to the extent of legitimacy and popularity that simply tragedy had hitherto accomplished, and generating one of the most fascinating works of literature to outlive from classical Greece within the strategy. between them, Frogs has a different attraction; written and played in 405 BCE, the comedy received first prize in that year's Lenaea pageant pageant and was once re-performed quickly thereafter--a infrequent prevalence for comedies on the time. Frogs has been fashionable and quoted by way of readers and critics ever due to the fact that, a testomony to its undying charm; it continues to be one of the such a lot approachable of Aristophanes' performs, in addition to might be the richest of all in insights it offers into old Greek cultural attitudes and values.

Mark Griffith's research of the Frogs is the 1st unmarried publication to supply a competent and complex account of this play in mild of recent notions of tradition, functionality, democracy, faith, and aesthetics. After putting the paintings in its unique ancient, cultural, and biographical context, Griffith is going directly to underscore the originality of Frogs with regards to parallel advancements within the tragedies of Aeschylus and Euripides, between others. He highlights the play's detailed portrayal of the determine of Dionysus, the Eleusinian secret cult, and the query of lifestyles after loss of life. This identify offers not just a close research of the play and a concise account of its reception, but additionally a succinct advent to historic Greek comedy, exploring the intense variety of theatrical conventions, ethical and aesthetic assumptions, and non secular ideals that underlie the motion of Aristophanes' play. The ebook presents a useful significant other to Aristophanes and the theater of classical Greece for college students and common readers alike.

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