Ä Βάτραχοι ↠´ Download by ✓ Alan H. Sommerstein Brekekekex koax koax now what s that It s a chorus of frogs, of course.
Well it wasn t until I heard Frogs mentioned on Goodreads a few months ago that I thought, well from the comments made this play is really worth reading I accordingly purchased it, and the book re surfaced last night Why did it re surface In fact I had forgotten all about it the trigger being my neighbor Mich le who was telling me how noisy the tree frogs are at the moment.
I must confess my ignorance in that I ve never heard of Aristophanes and can only go by the historical note included in this play Aristophanes c 456 BC to c 386 BC was the foremost writer of comic drama in classical Athens His surviving plays are the only complete examples we have of Old Comedy Frogs was first produced in Athens in 405 BC By this time Athens had bee A satirical look at what makes a classic16 June 2012 Before I start this commentary I must make reference to the translation that I am using, namely the 1987 David Barrett translation published by Penguin Classics The reason that I am sourcing this book is because while the original text is not subject to copyright, the modern translation is Even though I do have access to the original text actually, I just checked my collection of Aristophanes plays in the original Greek and the Frogs is not included, however I am sure I can find it on the internet it will take me a lot of time and energy to translate the passages that I want to quote, and as such it is better to cite Barrett s translation instead Anyway, enough of the legalese and onto the play itself The Frogs was first performed in Athens in 405 BC, and that was a time of great distress for the c
B trachoi The Frogs, Aristophanes The Frogs is a comedy written by the Greek playwright Aristophanes It was performed at the Lenaia, one of the Festivals of Dionysus in Athens, in 405 BC, receiving first place The Frogs tells the story of the god Dionysus, who, despairing of the state of Athens tragedians, travels to Hades the underworld , to bring the playwright Euripides back from the dead Euripides had died the year before, in 406 BC He brings along his slave Xanthias, who is smarter and braver than Dionysus As the play opens, Xanthias and Dionysus argue over what kind of jokes Xanthias can use to open the play For the first half of the play, Dionysus routinely makes critical errors, forcing Xanthias to improvise in order to protect his master and prevent Dionysus from looking incompetent but this only allows Dionysus to continue to make mistakes with no consequence To i think i would make responsible decisions if i had a chorus of frogs with me at all times Amusing, but I did not enjoy it quite as much as Clouds It is a bit like a celebrity memoirI vaguely know of the people and places spoken of, but not really well enough to feel like I totally grasp what s going on Still, as long as you possess a general idea of the key players in Greek mythology, you should be able to follow well enough At least, I did This is the first Greek play out of the theocratic age that has me laughing out loud
This doesn t sound funny, and I was not expecting it to be funny but I was surprised I was not expecting to find slapstick amongst the wordy exchange, which was broken up with gross out and smutty innuendos So, it had elements that would be found in today s movies, like Borat And I realised that as I read this, unlike, Chekhov s read in the Bollingen Poetry Translation Prize winning version of Richmond Latti Aristophanes Frogs Was Produced In BC, Shortly After The Deaths Of The Two Great Veteran Athenian Tragic Dramatists Euripides And Sophocles It Was Restaged A Year Later, A Few Weeks Before Starving Athens At Last Accepted Defeat In The Long Peloponnesian War An interesting play, which would have been made interesting had I sufficient knowledge of the characters from Greek mythology whom Aristophanes was casting in this calamitous journey to Hades.
The comical slapstick was jovial enough, the dialogue and references to the audience surreal I just wasn t as engaged as I should be, and I can confidently justify that with my ignorance of background and references.
Another addition to the Little Black Classics range which I couldn t fully enjoy simply due to lack of intelligence Onwards.