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By Mark Griffith

Aristophanes is greatly credited with having increased the classical artwork of comedy to the extent of legitimacy and popularity that merely tragedy had hitherto completed, and generating essentially the most interesting works of literature to outlive from classical Greece within the strategy. between them, Frogs has a special attraction; written and played in 405 BCE, the comedy received first prize in that year's Lenaea pageant pageant and used to be re-performed quickly thereafter--a infrequent prevalence for comedies on the time. Frogs has been trendy and quoted via readers and critics ever considering that, a testomony to its undying allure; it is still one of the so much approachable of Aristophanes' performs, in addition to maybe the richest of all in insights it offers into historic Greek cultural attitudes and values.

Mark Griffith's learn of the Frogs is the 1st unmarried e-book to supply a competent and complicated 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 when it comes to parallel advancements within the tragedies of Aeschylus and Euripides, between others. He highlights the play's specified portrayal of the determine of Dionysus, the Eleusinian secret cult, and the query of lifestyles after loss of life. This name offers not just a close research of the play and a concise account of its reception, but additionally a succinct creation to historical Greek comedy, exploring the intense diversity of theatrical conventions, ethical and aesthetic assumptions, and non secular ideals that underlie the motion of Aristophanes' play. The ebook offers a useful spouse to Aristophanes and the theater of classical Greece for college students and basic readers alike.

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