By S. Douglas Olson
Aristophanes' Acharnians used to be played on the Lenaia competition in Athens in 425 BCE. The play is the tale of an outdated peasant farmer, Dikaiopolis, who has grown so disgusted with the Peloponnesian conflict and the patent self-serving of the city's top politicians (abetted by means of the stupidity of his fellow-citizens) that he concludes a separate peace with the enemy. for that reason, he profits entry to an incredible provide of fantastic issues, together with wine, eels, thrushes, and 2 appealing and compliant girls. 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 intensive debate in the play. Acharnians itself, at any fee, took first position and is usually considered as considered one of Aristophanes' or 3 so much outstanding surviving comedies. Olson bargains the 1st entire new scholarly variation of the play in virtually a century. The textual content and equipment are in line with a clean exam of the papyri and manuscripts, a lot of that have by no means been studied systematically, and are supported by way of a brand new manuscript stemma. The creation includes sections at the poet himself; the historic surroundings and political argument of the play; the mythological and literary historical past; department of components, costumes, and props; staging; using dialects; and the background of the textual content. The observation covers quite a lot of literary, ancient, and philological concerns, with specific awareness to staging and information of way of life. All Greek within the advent and observation now not pointed out for technical purposes is translated, making a lot of the version obtainable to common scholarly readers.
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