Aristophanes: His Plays and His Influence

Aristophanes: His Plays and His Influence

Aristophanes: His Plays and His Influence

Aristophanes: His Plays and His Influence

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In this little volume I have tried to give some account of Aristophanes' plays and his influence. In a book intended for readers not familiar with the conventions of the ancient drama it has seemed worth while to include a brief account of the origin of Greek comedy and a description of the Greek theater.

I have discussed Aristophanes' influence in Germany, France and England only, with a few incidental references to Spain and Italy. Even in this limited sphere it has been possible (and probably desirable) to mention only the more notable instances of Aristophanes' influence.

Constant use has been made of the recent German monographs on Aristophanes mentioned in the bibliography, especially Süss' valuable work. The quotations from Aristophanes are from the translation by Mr. B. B. Rogers. For permission to quote this translation I am deeply indebted to the publishers . . .

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