Aristophanes and Athens: An Introduction to the Plays

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Aristophanes' comedies are famous for their comic characters and earthy humor. But they are also highly topical, with many contemporary political allusions easily missed today. This book provides students with a long needed accessible and essential introductory guide to the plays, focusing particularly on information about the Athens of the day.

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Douglas M. MacDowell is at University of Glasgow.

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"As a general guide to the contemporary background of the comedies...MacDowell's book has no rival."--Choice


"A thorough sampling of the plays of Aristophanes with extensive commentary. A good anthology for beginning students."--Jack D. Ferguson, Professor of History, Boise State University


"There is much of value contained herin, especially from the point of view of the collection of issues....if one requires a single introduction to all the surviving plays of Aristophanes...this is as good as any, and better than most."--Bryn Mawr Review


"[MacDowell] offers a judicious summary of much current scholarship, even when he courteously disagrees with some arguments. Useful for college and university libraries and also for courses that deal with Athenian religious beliefs."--Religious Studies Review


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