Three More Plays by Aristophanes Staging Politics
This volume provides modern, uncensored translations of Aristophanes’ Acharnians, Knights, and Wasps. These plays, originally a series, are the world’s earliest political satires, and are made available here for the first time in one volume, augmented by full introductions and notes.
In these three works, Aristophanes launched satirical attacks on Cleon, the world’s first demagogue, and explored the vulnerability of democracy to populist manipulation and disinformation. Henderson's fresh translations and exploration of the themes within them enable readers to explore the perils facing democracy in its first century which are still with us today. The Introduction offers the reader background on Aristophanes' life, Athenian democracy, classical drama, as well as on political comedy, while introductions to each individual play provide the reader with context. An appendix also collects selected fragments from Aristophanes' lost political plays.
Three More Plays by Aristophanes offers an invaluable collection of these works for students and faculty working on classical studies, theatre and theatre history, and drama. The clear translations and contextualizing introductions and notes also make these plays accessible to students of government, law, and political science, and to the general reader interested in any of these subjects.
Preface; Notes on the Translation; 1. General Introduction, I. Life of Aristophanes, II. Democratic Athens, III. The Dramatic Festivals, IV. The Dramatic Genres, V. Performance: Actors and Chorus, VI. Comic Politics; 2. Acharnians; 3. Knights; 4. Wasps; Appendix: Selected Fragments of Lost Plays; Bibliography; Index