By Jeffrey Henderson
These 3 performs through the nice comedian playwright Aristophanes (c. 446-386 BCE), the well known Lysistrata, and the fewer frequent Women on the Thesmophoria and Assemblywomen, are the earliest surviving portrayals of latest ladies within the ecu literary culture. those performs supply a different glimpse of girls not just of their widespread household roles but in addition on the subject of family and town, faith and govt, battle and peace, theater and pageant, and, in fact, to men.
This freshly revised variation offers, for the 1st time in one quantity, all 3 performs in devoted sleek translations that shield intact Aristophanes’ blunt and infrequently obscene language, glowing satire, political provocation, and beguiling myth. along the translations are plentiful introductions and notes masking the politically engaged style of Aristophanic comedy typically and problems with intercourse and gender specifically, that have been totally up to date because the first variation in gentle of contemporary scholarship. An appendix comprises fragments of misplaced performs of Aristophanes that still featured girls, and an updated bibliography presents tips for additional exploration.
In addition to their undying humor and biting satire, the performs are distinct and priceless files within the heritage of western sexuality and gender, and so they supply strikingly prescient speculations concerning the social and political way forward for the feminine sex.
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