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By Mark Griffith

Aristophanes is generally credited with having increased the classical paintings of comedy to the extent of legitimacy and popularity that simply tragedy had hitherto accomplished, and generating the most interesting works of literature to outlive from classical Greece within the procedure. between them, Frogs has a different allure; written and played in 405 BCE, the comedy gained 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 in demand and quoted through readers and critics ever on account that, a testomony to its undying allure; it continues to be one of the such a lot approachable of Aristophanes' performs, in addition to probably the richest of all in insights it presents into historical 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 old, cultural, and biographical context, Griffith is going directly to underscore the originality of Frogs on the subject of 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 demise. This name offers not just a close research of the play and a concise account of its reception, but additionally a succinct creation to historic Greek comedy, exploring the extreme diversity of theatrical conventions, ethical and aesthetic assumptions, and non secular ideals that underlie the motion of Aristophanes' play. The e-book offers a useful better half to Aristophanes and the theater of classical Greece for college kids and basic readers alike.

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