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The Assembly of Women: Ecclesiazusae Paperback – April 1 1997

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The women of Athens concoct a dating scheme: to infiltrate the male-dominated Assembly disguised as men and to vote themselves into power, after which they will overturn the old laws and inaugurate a new society where all are equal and where property - sex, too! - is shared. This new translation by Robert Mayhew of one of playwright Aristophanes' last surviving plays recaptures the spirit, the bawdiness, and the brilliance of this rollicking farce which is at the same time a profound critique of contemporary Greek customs and manners. A full introduction and explanatory notes provide important background material on communistic ideas current in fifth- and fourth-century B.C.E. Greek thought as well as on historical and other details relevant to the text.

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Known as the “Father of Comedy,” Aristophanes (446-386 BCE) was an Athenian playwright and poet. Every bit as famous and respected as the Athenian dramatists, Aristophanes’s plays were beloved, and had many successful performances in festivals throughout Ancient Greece. In modern times, the themes and techniques of Aristophanes have come to be known as Old Comedy. Aristophanes is the author of The CloudsThe Frogs, Lysistrata, The Birds, The Wasps, and many more.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Prometheus (April 1 1997)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 124 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1573921335
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1573921336
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 136 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.72 x 0.76 x 21.08 cm
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