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  • Greek Drama and Dramatistsby Alan H. Sommerstein

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 42.95

    The history of European drama began at the festivals of Dionysus in ancient Athens, where tragedy, satyr-drama and comedy were performed. Understanding this background is vital for students of classical, literary and theatrical subjects, and Alan H. Sommerstein's accessible study is the ideal introduction. The book begins by looking at the social... more...

  • Talking about Laughterby Alan H. Sommerstein

    Oxford University Press 2009; US$ 134.99

    Fourteen studies, including some previously unpublished, by Alan Sommerstein on Aristophanes and his fellow dramatists. Each chapter deals with its own topic, but between them they build up a multifaceted picture of the dramatist, the genre, and its interactions with the society of classical Athens. - ;This book brings together fourteen studies by... more...

  • Menander in Contextsby Alan H. Sommerstein

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 140.00

    The comedies of the Athenian dramatist Menander (c. 342-291 BC) and his contemporaries were the ultimate source of a Western tradition of light drama that has continued to the present day. Yet for over a millennium, Menander?s own plays were thought to have been completely lost. Thanks to a long and continuing series of papyrus discoveries, Menander... more...

  • Lysistrata and Other Playsby Aristophanes; Alan H. Sommerstein

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; Not Available

    Writing at a time when Athens was undergoing a crisis in its social attitudes, Aristophanes was an eloquent opponent of the demagogue and the sophist. This collection includes Lysistrata, the hilariously bawdy anti-war fantasy; The Acharnians, a plea for peace set against the background of the long war with Sparta; and The Clouds, a satire on contemporary... more...

  • Menander: Samia (The Woman from Samos)by Menander; Alan H. Sommerstein

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 31.00

    The first edition for half a century of any play of Menander designed for English-speaking students reading it in Greek. more...

  • The Birds and Other Playsby Aristophanes; Alan H. Sommerstein; David Barrett

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; Not Available

    The plays in this volume all contain Aristophanes' trademark bawdy comedy and dazzling verbal agility. In THE BIRDS, two frustrated Athenians join the birds to build the utopian city of 'Much Cuckoo in the Clouds'. THE KNIGHTS is a venomous satire on Cleon, a prominent Athenian demagogue, while THE ASSEMBLY WOMEN deals with the battle of the sexes... more...

  • Oath and State in Ancient Greeceby Alan H. Sommerstein; Andrew James Bayliss

    De Gruyter 2012; US$ 112.00

    The oath was an institution of fundamental importance across a wide range of social interactions throughout the ancient Greek world, making a crucial contribution to social stability and harmony; yet there has been no comprehensive, dedicated scholarly study of the subject for over a century. This volume of a two-volume study explores how oaths functioned... more...

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