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Frogs

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By: (446-389 BCE)

Athens is in a sorry state of affairs. The great tragedian, Euripides, is dead, and Dionysus, the god of the theater, has to listen to third-rate poetry. So, he determines to pack his belongings onto his trusty slave, Xanthias, and journey to the underworld to bring back Euripides! Hi-jinks ensue.

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THE HARVARD CLASSICS

EDITED BY CHARLES W ELIOT LLD

NINE GREEK DRAMAS

BY ÆSCHYLUS, SOPHOCLES, EURIPIDES AND ARISTOPHANES

TRANSLATIONS BY E D A MORSHEAD E H PLUMPTRE GILBERT MURRAY AND B B ROGERS

WITH INTRODUCTIONS AND NOTES

VOLUME 8

THE FROGS OF ARISTOPHANES

INTRODUCTORY NOTE

Aristophanes, the greatest of comic writers in Greek and in the opinion of many, in any language, is the only one of the Attic comedians any of whose works has survived in complete form He was born in Athens about the middle of the fifth century B C, and had his first comedy produced when he was so young that his name was withheld on account of his youth. He is credited with over forty plays, eleven of which survive, along with the names and fragments of some twenty six others. His satire deal with political, religious, and literary topics, and with all its humor and fancy is evidently the outcome of profound conviction and a genuine patriotism. The Attic comedy was produced at the festivals of Dionysus, which were marked by great license, and to this, rather than to the individual taste of the poet, must be ascribed the undoubted coarseness of many of the jests... Continue reading book >>


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