Six Classical Greek Comedies: Birds; Frogs; Women In Power; The Woman From Samos; Cyclops And Alkestis

November 27, 2008|
Six Classical Greek Comedies: Birds; Frogs; Women In Power; The Woman From Samos; Cyclops And Alkestis by J. Michael Walton
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Six wide ranging classic plays with introduction by the editor



The comedies of the Athenian theatre not only lie at the root of Western drama, they also offer a unique insight into everyday life in ancient Greece. This selection of six wide ranging plays includes the comic fantasies of Aristophanes, which combine the ridiculous with serious satirical comment (Birds, Frogs, Women in Power); Menander''s The Woman from Samos, a recognisable forebear of today''s situation comedy; Euripides ribald satyr play, Cyclops, the only surviving example of the genre, and his Alkestis, a complex romance which gave a new face to comedy.

The volume is edited and introduced by J. Michael Walton, Professor of Drama at the University of Hull and founder/director of the Performance Translation Centre there.

J. Michael Walton has published and edited seven books on classical theatre history and has nine translations of Euripides plays in print, many on the Methuen Drama list. He is Emeritus Professor of Drama at the University of Hull where he taught from 1965 to 2002. While there he directed numerous plays and taught courses in Classical ...
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Title:Six Classical Greek Comedies: Birds; Frogs; Women In Power; The Woman From Samos; Cyclops And Alkestis
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:378 pages, 7.87 X 5.12 X 0 in
Shipping dimensions:378 pages, 7.87 X 5.12 X 0 in
Published:November 27, 2008
Publisher:Bloomsbury
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780413771308

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