By S. Douglas Olson
Aristophanes' Acharnians used to be played on the Lenaia pageant in Athens in 425 BCE. The play is the tale of an previous peasant farmer, Dikaiopolis, who has grown so disgusted with the Peloponnesian conflict and the patent self-serving of the city's major politicians (abetted via the stupidity of his fellow-citizens) that he concludes a separate peace with the enemy. for that reason, he profits entry to a massive offer of fantastic issues, together with wine, eels, thrushes, and 2 attractive and compliant ladies. even if he's a traitor and a villain, or just the cleverest and such a lot bold guy within the urban, is an issue of in depth debate in the play. Acharnians itself, at any expense, took first position and is mostly considered as one in every of Aristophanes' or 3 so much remarkable surviving comedies. Olson deals the 1st entire new scholarly version of the play in virtually a century. The textual content and gear are according to a clean exam of the papyri and manuscripts, lots of that have by no means been studied systematically, and are supported by means of a brand new manuscript stemma. The advent comprises sections at the poet himself; the old surroundings and political argument of the play; the mythological and literary historical past; department of components, costumes, and props; staging; using dialects; and the heritage of the textual content. The statement covers quite a lot of literary, historic, and philological matters, with specific recognition to staging and info of way of life. All Greek within the creation and remark now not mentioned for technical purposes is translated, making a lot of the variation obtainable to normal scholarly readers.
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Aristophanes' Acharnians by S. Douglas Olson