[Aristophanes] ☆ Βάτραχοι [womens-rights PDF] Ebook Epub Download ↠´ The Frogs is another of Aristophanes' plays that is just topnotch for me as a Greek drama and as a general comedy the plotline is just hilarious to behold, especially if the reader has understanding of the inside jokes like I did.
I read a post somewhere on Tumblr that described the plot of this play as follows: "Aeschylus and Euripides have a rap battle in the underworld while Dionysus croaks with a chorus of frogs".
And I'd say that that's essentially it.
I know that Aristophanes is known to mock reallife figures, but I've never read a more hilarious case of this.
If one has read the plays of Euripides and Aeschylus before, the situation that comes up is just so funny to read about, especially since I A satirical look at what makes a classic
16 June 2012
Before I start this commentary I must make reference to the translation that I am using, namely the 1987 David Barrett translation published by Penguin Classics.
The reason that I am sourcing this book is because while the original text is not subject to copyright, the modern translation is.
Even though I do have access to the original text (actually, I just checked my collection of Aristophanes plays in the original Greek and the Frogs is not included, however I am sure I can find it on the internet) it will take me a lot of time and energy to translate the passages that I want to quote, and as such it is better to cite Barrett's translation instead.
Anyway, enough of Βάτραχοι = Bátrachoi = The Frogs, Aristophanes
The Frogs is a comedy written by the Greek playwright Aristophanes.
It was performed at the Lenaia, one of the Festivals of Dionysus in Athens, in 405 BC, receiving first place.
The Frogs tells the story of the god Dionysus, who, despairing of the state of Athens tragedians, travels to Hades (the underworld), to bring the playwright Euripides back from the dead.
(Euripides had died the year before, in 406 BC.
) He brings along his slave Xanthias, who is smarter and braver than Dionysus.
As the play opens, Xanthias and Dionysus argue over what kind of jokes Xanthias can use to open the play.
For the first half of the play, Dionysus routinely makes critical errors, forcing Xanthias to improvise in order to protect his master and prevent Dionysus from looking incompetent—but this only allows Dionysus to i think i would make more responsible decisions if i had a chorus of frogs with me at all times Amusing, but I did not enjoy it quite as much as Clouds.
It is a bit like a celebrity memoir.
I vaguely know of the people and places spoken of, but not really well enough to feel like I totally grasp what's going on.
Still, as long as you possess a general idea of the key players in Greek mythology, you should be able to follow well enough! (At least, I did!)
This is the first Greek play out of the theocratic age that has me laughing out loud 😂 In reading classics, I discovered that comedy once had a different meaning, to have a happy ending.
I’d already read Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, subtitled a comedy in four acts, which turned out to be a light comedy and could easily be performed as a drama with little laughs.
But I wanted to read something older to get a sense of what comedy first meant, that’s why I readFrogs by Aristophanes, dated about 400 BCE.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to find, it turned out to be a satire of two poets, Euripides and Aeschylus, battling it out to leave the underworld.
This doesn’t sound funny, and I was not expecting it to be funny but I was surprised.
I was not expecting to find slapstick amongst the wordy exchange, which was broken up with gross out and smutty innuendos.
So, it had eleme An interesting play, which would have been made more interesting had I sufficient knowledge of the characters from Greek mythology whom Aristophanes was casting in this calamitous journey to Hades.
The comical slapstick was jovial enough, the dialogue and references to the audience surreal.
I just wasn’t as engaged as I should be, and I can confidently justify that with my ignorance of background and references.
Another addition to the Little Black Classics range which I couldn’t fully enjoy simply due to lack of intelligence.
Well it wasn’t until I heard “Frogs” mentioned on Goodreads a few months ago that I thought, well from the comments made this play is really worth reading.
I accordingly purchased it, and the book resurfaced last night.
Why did it resurface? In fact I had forgotten all about it; the trigger being my neighbor Michèle who was telling me how noisy the tree frogs are at the moment.
I must confess my ignorance in that I’ve never heard of Aristophanes and can only go by the historical note included in this play:
456 BC to c.
386 BC) was the foremost writer of comic drama in classical Athens.
His surviving plays are the only complete examples Best EPub, Βάτραχοι By Aristophanes This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Βάτραχοι, Essay By Aristophanes.
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