The People of Aristophanes: A Sociology of Old Attic Comedy

The People of Aristophanes: A Sociology of Old Attic Comedy

The People of Aristophanes: A Sociology of Old Attic Comedy

The People of Aristophanes: A Sociology of Old Attic Comedy

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This book, though I began to think of the subject about fifteen years ago, was actually written during the years 1937-1941. In August 1938, at the International Congress of History in Zürich, I read a paper, chiefly on the problems with which I deal in chapters V and VI. Shortly afterwards the blow fell on Czechoslovakia. This is not the place to speak of what then was lost. A few months later I was enabled to come to this country, where I went on with my work, first in London, and later in Cambridge. In the Lent Term of 1940 I lectured on the subject of this book in Cambridge, and during the Trinity Term on the same subject and others at University College, Dublin, to students of both Dublin universities. The book was finished while, for two terms in 1941, I was Classics master at Carlisle Grammar School. Always and everywhere the book was a good companion. The unrest of the time, however, may have left its marks upon it.

In expressing my gratitude to those who have helped me with the book, I wish first to thank Mr. Basil Blackwell. He has never ceased to take an encouraging interest in my work, and in the most generous way undertook to publish the book despite all the difficulties of war-time conditions. Anyone who knows what it means to publish a book of this kind even in normal times will appreciate how much I owe to him.

In my task of writing the book in English I enjoyed friendly help from various quarters, though, of course, I alone remain responsible for the text. To put my debts in chronological order, I have first to mention my wife and my two sons, who provided good advice and many corrections. I am sincerely grateful to Miss Norah C. Jolliffe, who readily undertook to revise the MS., but had to give up her valuable collaboration on account of her numerous peace-time and war-time duties. But above all I have to thank Mrs. Vivian Wade-Gery, who performed the task of complete revision with untiring devotion and scholarly acumen, and, if I am allowed to pass judgment, with great success.

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